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CarFest at Oulton Park: Chris Evans leads tribute to Chester pilot Kevin Whyman

Crowds at CarFest North honour airman and former King's School pupil Kevin Whyman, who was killed at the event on Saturday afternoon

CarFest: Chris Evans leads a minute's silence in memory of pilot Kevin Whyman(Image: Neil Jones)

The BBC radio and TV presenter Chris Evans led a minute's silence for Chester pilot Kevin Whyman, killed at Oulton Park on Saturday, at CarFest north yesterrday.

A tearful Evans, holding the hand of his young son Noah, was visibly moved as thousands of people thronged in front of the main stage to pay tribute to the Gnat display team member and former King's School Chester pupil, who died after his plane nose-dived to the ground on Saturday afternoon in front of spectators.

CarFest accident: Chris Evans leads a minute's silence in memory of pilot Kevin Whyman(Image: Neil Jones)

The minute's silence was followed by music and an equally long standing ovation for the former RAF-trained fast jet pilot.

Evans stayed at the classic car and music event, which he founded, all weekend, leaving Mark Goodier to take over his breakfast slot on Radio 2 this morning.

Staff at The King's School paid tribute to the airman who was an active member of the King's School Rowing Club, where a boat is named after him. He attended an alumni reunion at the Wrexham Road independent school last year.

Kevin Whyman (second row, second left) at a King's School alumni event in 2014. The airman died in a plane crash at Oulton Park on Saturday, August 1

Chronicle journalist Mark Dowling, witnessed the accident which happened during a break in the classic car and music festival.

He said: “There were two aircraft in the sky doing a dual display. I thought one of them appeared to be a bit low. It was upside down when I saw it go behind some trees, then suddenly there was a huge smoke cloud and flames.

“All the car action had taken place in the morning so most people were watching the display.”

Kevin, a founder member of the Gnat Display Team, leaves a wife and young daughter.

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