THE “fitting” way Bournemouth has chosen to create a memorial for Jon Egging can make the town feel proud.

That was the reaction to the news schoolchildren will compete with designs to honour the Red Arrow pilot on the East Cliff.

Flt Lt Egging’s family and Red Arrows pilots will pick the winner and it will be ready in time for next year’s Air Festival.

There will also be an annual gala ball in aid of the trust set up in his memory, which helps disadvantaged children.

His memorial trust said he was passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their potential.

A specially-formed council group made the announcements after meeting his widow Dr Emma Egging and Jon’s mother Dawn.

Terry Trevett, chairman of Bournemouth Red Arrows Association, said: “The East Cliff is a very fitting location.

“It is where many thousands of spectators have enjoyed spectacular displays by the Red Arrows since 1965.

“The annual Gala Ball will I am sure, gain huge support and serve to keep Jon’s memory alive.

“It is early days but I am sure Bournemouth will create a fitting and lasting memorial to a fine gentleman.”

Mayor Cllr Chris Rochester said: “It’s all been done with the agreement of the family, which is paramount. We went along with what they wished.”

He added: “I think the town has been superb in the way it has responded right the way through, and the council staff have been very, very good.”

“I am very proud of the people of Bournemouth.”

Flt Egging died aged 33 in a crash near Throop during the Air Festival.

The council group ruled out three options after hearing the views of Dr Egging. They were a memorial at or near the crash site, a Red Arrows museum and a statue of Jon himself.

Throop villagers had planned a small memorial.