Chesterfield air hostess to be remembered on 30th anniversary of Manchester Airport disaster

Sharon Ford, who lost her life in the horror crash.
Sharon Ford, who lost her life in the horror crash.

An air hostess from Chesterfield will be remembered on the 30th anniversary of the Manchester Airport disaster at the weekend.

Sharon Ford, of Enfield Road, Newbold, was one of 55 victims of the tragedy on August 22, 1985. She was just 22-years-old.

A British Airtours 737 travelling to Corfu caught fire on the runway.

Most of the victims died from inhaling toxic smoke.

Many were impeded by the layout of the seats and the narrow width of the exits.

Survivors and the relatives of those who died eventually successfully sued US aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.

The disaster led to a host of changes in air safety procedures.

A newspaper report on Ms Ford’s death stated: “Sharon had wanted to be an air hostess since leaving Notre Dame school in Sheffield.

“For nine months she worked as a typist and ticket sales woman for Chesterfield Football Club.

“Sharon was offered the job after entering the Miss Chesterfield Football Club competition.

“Club cashier Pat Hopkinson described Sharon as ‘a very pretty girl’.

“She had always wanted to be a stewardess and was delighted when she got the job,” the report added.

On Saturday, bereaved relatives and survivors of the disaster will gather together to remember all those who lost their lives.