Prime Minister David Cameron visited Brighton & Hove Albion's training ground yesterday evening to thank the first responders for their work in the wake of the Shoreham air crash, and pay tribute to all those involved.
Members of the emergency services and local authorities, volunteers and club staff - including grounds team colleagues of Matt Grimstone - were all present at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.
The Prime Minister - who also visited the Shoreham footbridge en route to the training ground, to view the many tributes - explained how he was humbled by his visit and that he wanted to see the bridge himself.
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He went on to thank those involved in the response to the tragedy; not only for their highly-professional response and the speed at which they delivered it, but also for the sensitivity they had shown in the work.
He thanked the club for providing a base for response co-ordination and admitted he was moved by the incredibly heartfelt messages, flowers, poems and football shirts at the bridge; before remarking on the extraordinary generosity, compassion and big heart of the British people.
The Prime Minister also spent time speaking personally to many of those present - and said that the government would assist local authorities to create a permanent memorial for the 11 victims.
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