Artist Starts Work On Jon Egging Memorial

Pupils from Kinson Primary School have teamed up with artist, Tim Ward to create the final design for the Jon Egging memorial.

A group of pupils, aged 9 and 10 will be using their creativity by sketching and producing 3-D model designs of the Jon Egging memorial that will eventually be created as a memorial sculpture by artist, Tim Ward.

Flt Lt Egging tragically lost his life when his plane crashed in fields in the north of the Borough on 20 August last year, after displaying at the Bournemouth Air Festival.

Flt Lt Jon Egging’s widow, Dr Emma Egging and mother, Dawn Egging will be joining the school children and the artist to see how their ideas are being developed in to the final memorial design.

A design by pupils from Kinson Primary School was selected by Dr Emma Egging and Dawn Egging with support from artist, Tim Ward following a schools’ competition to create a design that will provide the inspiration for the Jon Egging memorial.

Dr Emma Egging, said: “I am really excited to see how Tim and the children are getting on and to see what the memorial will look like. We were so impressed by the imagination and creativity of the children and I am so pleased that they are playing such an important part, with help from the artist, to create this very special memorial.”

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “The Jon Egging memorial will serve as a long-standing mark of respect from the people of Bournemouth.  It’s wonderful that our young people in Bournemouth were given the opportunity by Jon’s family to put forward their design ideas for the memorial and with the help of the appointed artist, I’m sure the winning designs will inspire a fitting memorial.”

Inspiration for the memorial will also be taken from submissions by pupils from St Walburga’s and Elmrise Primary Schools and Oakmead Technology College.

Over the next few months the artist will develop the final design which will then be produced as a final sculpture and installed on the East Overcliff, Bournemouth in time for the Air Festival this summer.