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Regional daily marks two years since air disaster with front page tribute

A regional daily ran a front page tribute marking two years since an air disaster claimed 11 lives on its patch.

The Argus, Brighton, commemorated the second anniversary of the Shoreham airshow crash yesterday by feature photographs of the victims on its front page.

The Argus also ran several pages of coverage inside the newspaper.

Last year, the paper ran a week-long series of stories remembering the lives of the victims to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy.

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Editor Arron Hendy told HTFP: “The Shoreham Airshow disaster was such a huge and tragic event in our area that the anniversaries and ongoing news stories remain very important to our readers. Like when we ran multiple pages on the Air Accidents Investigations Branch’s report we felt it was right to cover the anniversary with in-depth reporting again yesterday.

“Reporters like Flora Thompson have worked with the families to ensure we have dealt with these stories sensitively and appropriately in a way that gives them the chance to voice their concerns and remember their loved ones.

“Over the two years we’ve developed strong relationships with the families and this has allowed us to continue carrying tributes to lost loved ones and to remain a trusted source for updates on the investigations into the tragedy.

“With the police investigation still ongoing this remains a very important story for us and our readers and we’re committed to asking the tough questions to help the families in their fight for justice.”