BBC Radio 2 host Chris Evans has paid tribute to Chester pilot Kevin Whyman on his morning breakfast show this morning (Tuesday, August 4).
Following the tribute the BBC played Mr Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra.
Choking back the tears Mr Evans said: “Now, a moment if you will to reflect on the events of the weekend at CarFest.
“On Saturday afternoon during an air display at CarFest North there was a tragic accident in which a gentleman by the name of Kevin Whyman lost his life.
“Kevin was an experienced pilot flying a plane he loved which was part of the vintage Gnat Display Team he co-founded in 2007.
“A huge supporter of children’s charities he was thrilled when the CarFest air display organisers invited him and his Gnat syncho partner Mark Fitzgerald to take part in this year’s event.”
Kevin, once an active member of the King’s School Rowing Club, leaves a wife and young daughter.
The presenter continued on despite being audibly upset.
He said: “I can’t even begin to put into words how shocked and saddened we all were when we realised the seriousness of the situation.
“As the details of what happened just after two o’clock on Saturday afternoon very quickly began to unfold.
“On Sunday we held a minute’s silence on the main stage in Kevin’s honour which I’m pleased to say was hugely attended by almost all the “30,000 people present and those who couldn’t make it to the main stage fell silent all around the site.
“Of course all that matters now is that Kevin’s family is given all the help, support, privacy and respect they both need and deserve.
“It was a terrible thing to have happened, the likes of which none of us ever want to witness again.
“But Kevin loved life, he lived it to the full every minute of every day so the best thing we could do to pay tribute to his memory is to try to do the same, which we most certainly will.”