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farewell tributes to duo in plane crash

HUNDREDS of people turned out to pay their last respects to a father and son, who died in a plane crash last month.

HUNDREDS of people turned out to pay their last respects to a father and son, who died in a plane crash last month.

Bruce Hook, aged 63, a well-known Lapworth businessman, and his son, Ian, died in an accident at a Menorca airshow.

Last Wednesday, a memorial service was held at St Mary the Virgin Church, in Lapworth.

Over 300 people turned out, with friends and family paying tribute and giving readings. Mourners then went to a wake at Coventry Aero Club - where Bruce had learnt to fly.

His son - and Ian’s older brother - Guy Hook, said: “We all enjoyed flying and obviously what happened was very shocking.

“But at the same time they have been laid to rest doing something that they really enjoyed.

“My dad would not have wanted to be someone who was sitting in his rocking chair aged 85. He wasn’t that kind of person.”

Although Bruce lived in Worcester, he had become a familiar face in Lapworth - running the Willpower Garage for over 32 years.

Last week, Bruce’s friend Ian George described him as a “personable, friendly man”.

Mr George, from Hampton-in-Arden, was the flight-instructor who had first given Bruce flying lessons.

“What I can say is that Bruce was a good pilot. During my time giving lessons, I met some people who were a bit reckless; that wasn’t Bruce.”

Spanish authorities are looking into the cause of the accident, which happened on May 29.

 

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