Requiem for the Shoreham eleven in Bexhill

A Bexhill church today (August 26) paid its respects to those who tragically lost their lives in Saturday’s crash at the Shoreham Airshow with a moving service.

The sung Eucharist of Requiem, a mass for the dead, took place at St Augustine’s Church.

Mass at St Augustine's, Bexhill, for the people that died in the Shoreham air crash.''L-R Father Michael Turnbull and Father Robert Coates. SUS-150826-145346001

Mass at St Augustine's, Bexhill, for the people that died in the Shoreham air crash.''L-R Father Michael Turnbull and Father Robert Coates. SUS-150826-145346001

Parish priest Father Robert Coates said: “I invited the parish of St Augustine’s and local clergy to come along, first of all to remember the eleven people who died on Saturday, the injured, and workers from the emergency services and also local clergy in Worthing and Shoreham.”

He was joined by Father Michael Turnbull of All Saints Church in Sidley, who is a police chaplain and a former police officer.

The theme for the service was A Tapestry of Disaster.

Fr Coates said the inspiration for the title came from observing the two sides of a tapestry.

Mass at St Augustine's, Bexhill, for the people that died in the Shoreham air crash. SUS-150826-145234001

Mass at St Augustine's, Bexhill, for the people that died in the Shoreham air crash. SUS-150826-145234001

From the back, a tapestry looks like a mess, an unfinished tangle of loose ends.

But turn it over, and over time those loose threads come together to make the complete picture.

At the end of the service, parishioners were invited to light a candle for those who lost their lives in Saturday’s tragedy.

Fr Coates said the crash had affected many people in the parish, particularly those who use the A27 regularly.

Mass at St Augustine's, Bexhill, for the people that died in the Shoreham air crash. SUS-150826-145357001

Mass at St Augustine's, Bexhill, for the people that died in the Shoreham air crash. SUS-150826-145357001

He said: “It’s a journey that everybody makes.

“Everybody says to me they did that journey quite often, including the clergy that go to Chichester regularly.

“Anyone from the parish or Bexhill could have been on the road that day.”

After the service, generous parishioners donated just under £100 to the official disaster fund, with St Augustine’s contributing a further £100.

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