Sat, 18 Jun


St Mary's Church

The Trident 'Papa India" Memorial Service

The 50th Anniversary

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Time & Location

18 Jun, 11:00

St Mary's Church, St Mary's Church, Vicarage Rd, Staines TW18 4YF, UK

About The Event

On Saturday June 18th 2022, at 11:00am, a Memorial Service will be held at St Mary's in Church Street, Staines, Surrey, TW18 4YF, where a commemorative stained glass widow has been installed on the south elevation of this striking early nineteenth century church.  There has been a church on the site since 1179 and the window was dedicated in 2004.

The window was designed by  Artemis Decorative Glass and depicts a dove, to represent peace, soaring over a landscape of trees.  The window is framed by stars, which are symbolic of the 118 souls of the victims.  All passengers and staff on board the British European Airways flight 548, from London Heathrow to Brussels, died when the plane crashed on June 18th, 1972, just two-minutes after take-off. On June 18th (the actual anniversary of the accident) there will be prayers, wreath laying and dedications in the Trident ‘Papa India’ Memorial Garden at 10:00am in the Moormead Sports Ground off of Waters Drive, Staines, TW18 4RP. Wreaths will also be laid in 2020 and 2021.

The circular garden, which is close to where the incident took place, adjacent to Staines by-pass, was officially opened on June 18th 2004 with a small service led by Rev Rod Cosh, then Vicar of the Parish of Staines, and Bishop Michael Colclough, then Bishop of London.  The garden has been designed to provide a peaceful area for reflection by friends and relatives as they remember those who lost their lives.

All are welcome to attend either, or both, services and to meet colleagues, family and friends as they come together in memory and prayer.