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Surrey airshow silence for Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging

Red Arrows performing in July
Image caption The Red Arrows were due to perform at the Wings and Wheels airshow in Surrey

Thousands of people at a Surrey airshow took part in one-minute silence to remember a Red Arrows pilot who died in an air crash.

Crowds at the Wings and Wheels event at Dunsfold Park listened to a poem and then stood silent at 12:00 BST to remember Flt Lt Jon Egging.

The 33-year-old was killed when his Hawk T1 aircraft crashed close to Bournemouth Airport on 20 August.

The Red Arrows fleet had been due to perform on Sunday and Monday.

'Very emotional'

Event manager Nancy Edwards said: "It was absolutely incredible. The whole site, which is filled with thousands of people, stood still.

"You could hear a pin drop. It was very emotional, everyone was silent.

"We had a poem read, which started at one minute to 12, then at 12 we had the silence which was broken by Hurricane flypast."

Ms Edwards said Wings and Wheels was busier than last year and they hoped to raise lots of money for the event's charities, Help for Heroes, the Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance, Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust and Brooklands Museum.

Earlier this week the RAF confirmed that the Red Arrows had been cleared to fly again, but it was unable to confirm if they would perform at airshows again this year.

The fleet was grounded at Bournemouth Airport following the crash involving Flt Lt Egging but returned to its base at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire on Saturday.

The RAF said the Red Arrows would begin training again using eight planes instead of nine on Tuesday.

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