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Bishop of King’s Lynn leads prayers for tragic crew

Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony held in Lynn's Town Hall on Sunday. The Bishop of Lynn the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick.

Holocaust Memorial Day Ceremony held in Lynn's Town Hall on Sunday. The Bishop of Lynn the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick.

The Bishop of Lynn led prayers on Sunday for the four American aircrew killed when their helicopter crashed in Cley last week.

Captains Christopher Stover, 28, and Sean Ruane, 31, Technical Support Sgt Dale Matthews, 37, and Staff Sgt Afton Ponce, 28, were all killed in the crash which happened after a training exercise.

The Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Rev Jonathan Meyrick, said prayers at the service at St Nicholas’ Church, Salthouse, during their service.

The communion service incorporated a lighting of candles for the crew, who were based at RAF Lakenheath.

The Bishop of Lynn said: “My sermon talked about the reality of God’s tender care and compassion for people who are affected by such tragedies and the local clergy led prayers for the aircrew who died, their families, our local emergency services, the aircrew’s colleagues and the inhabitants of the parishes of Salthouse and Cley and everyone who has been affected by it.”

Representatives of the US Air Force attended the service, along with members of the RAF, the coastguard and the police.

The Bishop said: “There is a strong sense locally that this has come as a culmination of a winter of difficulties as their part of the coastline was affected by the flooding.

“People were glad to have the opportunity to express solidarity with our American friends who have suffered so badly because of this crash.”

The service was led by local rector Rev Phil Blamire, assisted by the Rev Frank Clarke, with the Bishop preaching and leading the candle-lighting ceremony.

 

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