A memorial service is being organised in Huntingdon to mark the 40th anniversary of a plane crash that claimed the lives of five people.

On May 3, 1977, a 39 Squadron Canberra Aircraft returning to its base at RAF Wyton crashed into a row of terraced houses on Norfolk Road.

Three children, the pilot and the navigator of the plane all died at the scene.

Huntingdon Town Council plans to create an area of memorial to remember those who died and pay respect to the families who were affected by the tragedy.

A short service will take place on the edge of Sapley playing field to mark the anniversary and a memorial, in the form of a bench and five tree plaques, will be placed at the site.

Natasha Pierson, from Huntingdon Town Council, who is helping to organise the event, which starts at midday, is appealing to people in the area who have memories from the incident to contact her.

“We have received an amazing level of response so far from residents both past and present, giving recollections of the day that forever changed people’s lives.

“We would still like to encourage contact from anyone who has memories of the accident to ensure we create a fitting tribute to the lives taken and for the families who live on.”

■INFO: Anyone who wants to discuss the memorial should contact Natasha Pierson at the town council by calling 01480 410384 or e-mail: natasha.pierson@huntingdontown.gov.uk.