Memorial stone is unveiled to commemorate helicopter tragedy that ended the life of eight people from Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 09:38 14 August 2014

Paul and Joyce Harvey with daughter-in-law Jill Gibling

Paul and Joyce Harvey with daughter-in-law Jill Gibling


A commemorative memorial stone has been unveiled 33 years after the Wessex helicopter disaster that took the lives of 13 victims.

Memorial stone for the victims of the helicopter tragedyMemorial stone for the victims of the helicopter tragedy

The close relatives of one of the men to die in the crash in the North Sea off Happisburgh were there to honour his memory.

Eight of the men to die in the tragedy were from Norfolk with one man Douglas Browne, 36, was from Millers Lane in Norwich.

Paul Harvey, 85, and his wife Joyce, 86, were joined by their daughter-in-law Jill Gibling who was widowed when Stephen Harvey, 28, died in the tragedy.

His family, from Gorleston, funded the stone which stands at the entrance of the Great Yarmouth Minster.

Mrs Harvey said: “I think we are relieved now it has all come to a head, we won’t be waiting on people anymore and it’s there for everyone to see.”

The dedication came after years of struggle to get permission for the stone.

Mr Harvey said: “We like to think there will be some notice to the family of the other victims after today.”

Mrs Gibling attended the dedication alongside her husband Stephen .

She said: “It’s lovely to think we have finally got a close on it, for the other families of the victims as well.

“We’d love to be able to contact the other families and know the lost have not been forgotten.”

Mr Gibling added: “There was a tear in her eye during the service, he is still a part of her life and this commemoration is a good point to focus on.”

When the crash first happened, a huge inquiry was launched into the cause of the tragedy.

At the same time an attack on the safety precautions covering the men was made by a union official.

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