By Kevin Unitt 20/08 Updated: 20/08 12:00
TRIBUTES have been paid to locally born Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging on the first anniversary of his death today (Monday).
The 33-year-old was killed on August 20 last year as his plane crashed following a seafront display with the world famous RAF team at the Bournemouth Air Festival.
The Afghanistan veteran, who grew up in Ufton and attended Harbury School and later Southam College, died when his Hawk T1 aircraft – known as Red 4 in the formation - came down near Bournemouth Airport.
Jon Egging's family and friends have today extended their heartfelt thanks for the kindness that has been shown towards them over the past year.
His widow, Dr Emma Egging said: "Jon will always be in our hearts and sorely missed.
“Please help us take Jon's positive ethos for life forward by supporting the work of the Jon Egging Trust which was set up in his memory."
Sqn Ldr Jim Turner, on behalf of the Red Arrows Team said: “A year ago today, our friend and team mate Jon egging tragically lost his life at Bournemouth Air Festival.
“Our thoughts and prayers remain with Jon’s family on the first anniversary of his death."
Just three weeks before his death Mr Egging had made his final visit to Southam, giving a talk to young cadets at 2028 (Southam) Sqn Air Training Corps, where he himself was a member from the age of 13.
And talking exclusively to the Observer last year, in one of his final ever interviews, he said of his Red Arrows job: “I don’t know what I can do next to better this!
“There isn’t the time to feel scared. You are so focussed and working so hard to concentrate you just don’t get a chance to feel scared.
"It’s just an absolute privilege to be part of the team.”
He also expressed his fondness for the Warwickshire area he grew up in, adding: “My nan is still living in Southam and my parents in Stratford, I love the area and get back whenever I can.”
Visit www.joneggingtrust.com for more information on the charity set up in Jon's memory.
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