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Pupils will welcome Australian rugby squad

A ceremony is being held at Bath's Assembly Rooms at 6pm this evening to welcome the Australian Rugby World Cup squad to the city. The side will be based at the University of Bath during the competition.

Tonight, schoolchildren will perform the official anthem, "World in Union" and the team will be presented with their caps and participation medals.

Death row grandmother meets her granddaughter for the first time

A Cheltenham grandmother, sentenced to die for drug smuggling, has met her two-year-old granddaughter for the first time - just weeks before she is due to be executed in Bali.

Lindsay Sandiford's granddaughter Ayla rushed to visit the 59-year-old after her lawyers were told her name was on a list of ten drug traffickers scheduled to be shot on September 21.

Since then however her legal team has been told by Indonesian government officials there will be a temporary suspension of executions until the end of the year - meaning she could face the firing squad as early as January.

Lindsay Sandiford plays with her two-year-old granddaughter Credit:

The decision means Mrs Sandiford - who has been refused legal funding by the British government - now has only weeks to raise the £25,000 she needs to fund a final appeal against her death penalty.

The grandmother met Ayla during several emotional meetings last week, where the pair hugged and played in a visiting room at Kerobokan prison, where she is being held.

She was also reunited with her 26-year-old son Lewis - Ayla's father - for the first time since her arrest in 2012.

Read more:

  • Following the executions of two Australian drug dealers in April, Lindsay Sandiford said she was "deeply saddened" by the fates of her friends.
  • Brit sentenced to death by Bali court


Body found in van near Elkstone in Gloucestershire

Body found near Elkstone in Gloucestershire Credit: ITV News

A body has been discovered in a van near Elkstone in Gloucestershire. A member of the public reported the van, which had no one in the front seat, on the A417 yesterday afternoon. Officers forced entry to the vehicle and found the body. The death is being treated as unexplained.


Family pay tribute to Wiltshire man killed in Tunisia terror attack

John Welch was described by his family as 'kind, caring and generous'. Credit: Wiltshire Police

The family of John Welch, from Corsham in West Wiltshire have paid tribute to him today and say "he will be greatly missed by us all".

The 74-year-old whose funeral took place at West Wiltshire crematorium this lunchtime, was killed last month in a terror attack at a Tunisian beach resort.

He was on holiday with his partner Eileen Swannack from Biddestone who was also killed along with 30 other Britons.

Dad was a kind, caring and generous man. Always willing to lend a hand. He had a great sense of humour and was good fun to be with. He always said hello, and as so many people have commented on, had the most 'amazing blue eyes'.

He will be greatly missed by us all.

Our thoughts are also with Eileen’s family and all of those who have also lost loved ones in this terrible event.

– Family of John Welch

Funeral of Wiltshire man killed in Tunisia massacre

John Welch and his partner Eileen Swannack were both killed in the Tunisia beach shootings

The funeral of a man killed in the Tunisia beach shootings will be held in Wiltshire this lunchtime, 21 July.

John Welch from Corsham and his partner Eileen Swannack were among 30 Britons killed in last month's attack. The service will take place at Semington Crematorium near Trowbridge.

Family do not blame gunman for Eileen Swannack's death

The family of a woman who was shot dead in the Tunisian tourist attack has said they do not blame the gunman.

Eileen Swannack, from Biddestone near Chippenham, was murdered along with her partner John Welch and 28 other Britons last month.

Before her funeral service today, the vicar told ITV News that her family did not blame the gunman Seifeddine Rezgui. But, instead, they think the wider political situation contributed to the killings.

Following the service her family released a statement where they said Eileen and John, had holidayed in Sousse for many years.

Eileen was always full of energy. She exuded youthfulness, had a lust for life, and a real sense of fun and mischief. She had a heart of gold and was always first to offer help to others.

Eileen enjoyed socialising, and frequently enjoyed nights out listening to local bands. Her favourite was a local guitarist and vocalist called Brad Stevens, and Eileen and her friends became known locally as the Bradettes!

John Welch had become her close companion around eight years ago and the couple enjoyed holidaying together. They had visited Sousse, in Tunisia for the preceding four years, loving the resort and sunshine. Eileen adored the fair weather at home as well, and took every opportunity to spend time out in the garden, which she loved, carefully tending to her precious fish pond.

– Eileen's family
Eileen Swannack and Granddaughter Lorren Swannack Credit: Family

Eileen grew up in Bristol and was one of five siblings. She met her husband Eddie and in the mid 1960’s the couple moved to Biddestone. Eileen was sadly widowed in 2005, and she remained in Biddestone, supported by her family and friends.

Eileen Swannack and step-granddaughter Sam Vaughan Credit: Family
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