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20 August 2016, 07:46
Events will be held at the Bournemouth Air Festival later to mark five years since Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging died there.
The Mayor of Bournemouth, Cllr Eddie Coope, will tie a red ribbon at the Jon Egging Memorial sculpture at 10.00am on Saturday 20th August 2016.
Over the course of the four day Bournemouth Air Festival, which runs from 18th – 21st August, the sculpture becomes a focal point at which people remember Jon.
The Mayor commented; “In 2016 we will commemorate 5 years since Jon’s passing with a ribbon tie at the memorial sculpture as a mark of respect, remembrance and thanks.”
“We also recognise the many positive opportunities for young people, to build their aspirations and confidence, while learning new skills, which have been provided by the Jon Egging Trust’s ('JET') Blue Skies Programme, which was set up in Jon’s memory.”
Dawn Egging, Jon's mother and a trustee of JET, said:
"Delighted that Jon's memory is being celebrated at the sculpture in such a poignant way. Hard to believe it's now five years; in some ways it feels like yesterday, and in others, much longer because of how much the Trust has achieved. I only wish Jon could be here to see what has been realised in his name - he would absolutely love it and be so proud. What's wonderful is that there are two memorials - the one on the cliff top here in Bournemouth, and JET itself - which is an enduring and positive testimonial to Jon's dreams and aspirations".
JET's Blue Skies Programme has seen 38 successful students complete either levels one or two this year, enjoying team building, and inspirational activities and trips, designed to boost their confidence while gaining a wide range of skills.
More than 2500 local school children have also benefited in the last year from JET ‘Inspirational Outreach’ visits. Speakers at motivational sessions organised by JET have included Si Cleggett of Wessex Archaeology, and Spike Jepson from Cobham Aviation, who was previously team leader of the Red Arrows - ‘Red 1.’
The Jon Egging Trust relies mainly on donations to maintain its programmes. www.joneggingtrust.org.uk