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Ex-footballer and wife among Tunisia victims

Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine.

A former Birmingham City football star and his wife have been named as the latest British victims of the Tunisian beach massacre.

Denis Thwaites, 70, originally form Stockton-on-Tees, and his wife Elaine, 69, had not been heard from since the attack, leaving their family fearing the worst.

In a message posted on their son-in-law Danny Clifford's Facebook page, their daughter Lindsey said: "Mum and Dad were the kindest, caring, loving parents any daughter could wish for. Rest in peace now my angels."

'Outpouring of emotion' over Tunisia terror death

The Rector of Whickham, Gateshead, has spoken of the shock felt by the community over the death of grandmother Lisa Burbidge, who was killed in the terror attack in Tunisia.

Her local church, St Mary the Virgin, will be open every morning to allow people time for prayers and contemplation.

People are also being invited to lay floral tributes on the Green outside the church.

The Rev Barry Abbott spoke to ITV News Tyne Tees:


Family pay tribute to 'beautiful, amazing, caring' grandmother

Lisa Burbidge. Credit: Family photo

The family of Lisa Burbidge, who was killed in the terror attack in Tunisia, has paid tribute to her, describing her as 'the most beautiful, amazing, caring and gentle person in our lives.'

The grandmother-of-four is one of 15 Britons now known to have died when a gunman opened fire in the holiday resort of Sousse.

"We have been left with a massive hole in our hearts. "She leaves behind many family members including four fantastic grandchildren who were her world and will miss her tremendously. "We would like to thank everyone for their kind words and condolences but now would ask that we are left to grieve privately to come to terms with our sad loss."

– Lisa Burbidge family statement


Neighbours 'in shock' over death of Gateshead woman in Tunisia

Neighbours of a holidaymaker from Gateshead who was killed in a terrorist attack on a beach in Tunisia have described their 'shock' at the news of her death.

Lisa Burbidge, in her 60s, from Whickham, was one of 15 British people killed in Friday's terror attack on a beach in Sousse.

One neighbour, Paul Taylor, 45, said:

"Lisa was a lovely lady, absolutely beautiful.

"It was awful for Lisa's daughters when her husband Bill died so this will be especially hard for them.

"The family are very close and this will be devastating for them all.

"We are in total shock."

– Paul Taylor, neighbour of Lisa Burbidge

North Yorkshire holidaymaker 'so lucky' to be alive

A woman who survived the beach attack in Sousse has told ITV Tyne Tees she feels 'so lucky' to be alive.

22 year old Ellie Makin is now back home near Ripon after flying back from Tunisia on Saturday. She had been holidaying with a friend.

Ellie says she is finding it difficult to take in the 'horrific' events of Friday's attack and sends her heartfelt condolences to those who have lost a loved one.

Ellie spoke to ITV News on Friday from Tunisia Credit: ITV News
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