Tributes to former Southam student who died in air tragedy

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THE widow of a Red Arrows pilot who went to school in Southam said she has been overwhelmed by the tributes paid in the wake of his ‘devastating’ loss.

Flt Lt Jon Egging, 33, from Rutland, died when his Hawk T1 aircraft crashed into a field at the village of Throop near Bournemouth Airport on Saturday.

Dr Emma Egging described him as “an amazing friend and husband”.

Bournemouth Air Festival observed one minute’s silence before the start of Sunday’s display.

“The tributes that have poured in over the last two days... both online and here in Bournemouth have just been astounding,” said Dr Egging.

“It’s very heartfelt when I say thank you to everybody, both personally on my behalf and on Jon’s behalf and I know the Red Arrows are completely bowled over by the support.”