Service commemorates victims of Kegworth Air Disaster

Issued on 8/1/19 at 4:41 p.m.

A moving service to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Kegworth Air Disaster took place today at St Andrew’s Church in the village.

More than 200 people attended to pay their respects to those who lost their lives on January 8 1989 when a Boeing 737 flight from London to Belfast crashed on the embankment of the M1.

The names of each victim of the disaster were read out as part of the service led by Reverend Lauretta Wilson who paid tribute to emergency services who assisted all those years ago.

Several serving and retired officers from the force who dealt with the immediate aftermath were there to pay their respects, along with survivors and the families of some victims.

Retired sergeant Bob Salter was reunited with survivor Leslie Bloomer who was among the first to be pulled from the aircraft.

Following the service organised by Kegworth Parish Council, a number of wreaths were laid at the memorial to the victims in Kegworth Cemetery.

Among those who laid a wreath was Chief Constable Simon Cole, who personally thanked officers for their tireless work that night and the following days.

He said: “It was a very moving service and it’s important that we remember all those involved. It’s also extremely humbling to talk to our retired colleagues and those still serving, who assisted with the rescue efforts and gave up countless hours above and beyond.

He added that he was “very proud of what they did in very difficult circumstances.”

“This is part of the history of the force and will always be remembered,” he said.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, said: “I’ve heard first hand from those emergency services who were there that evening to deal with the disaster. It’s extremely moving and absolutely right that we should pay our respects to the victims and all those involved, through the service today.”

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