Crowds flock to 50th anniversary air disaster commemoration at Fernhurst
A large crowd gathered outside Fernhurst Village Hall for the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the worst civil aviation disasters in UK history.
It was unveiled by the Rev Nick Haigh during a two day exhibition of the crash when an Iberian Airways aeroplane crashed on Blackdown on November 4, 1967.
St Margaret’s Church was also full for a memorial service conducted by Mr Haigh.
Among those who attended the events were chairman of Fernhurst Parish Council Heather Bicknell and MP Gillian Keegan as well as many of those who attended the crash as police officers, firefighters and villagers who rallied to help.
The exhibition was mounted by a team from Fernhurst Archives headed by director Christine Maynard who said nearly 950 people attended the exhibition: “They were queueing to get in and it surpassed our wildest dreams,” she said. “What was also wonderful was the amount of people recorded their memories for us at the exhibition.”
She thanked Elaine Ireland who masterminded the display boards and a video. She also thanked Rosemary Foster and her volunteers who provided refreshments.
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