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Permanent memorial to victims of Tunisia shootings

Eileen Swannack and John Welch were killed in the attack on a Tunisian hotel. Credit: ITV News

The families of a couple from Wiltshire who were killed in the Tunisia shootings are to be asked about the design and location of a new memorial to mark their deaths.

Eileen Swannack from Biddestone near Chippenham and her partner John Welch from Corsham were killed in the attack at the holiday resort of Sousse just over a week ago.

The Prime Minister announced a permanent memorial to all of the victims will be created.

David Cameron also announced that a special service would be held in the autumn dedicated to all those caught up in the attack on the Tunisian resort of Sousse which left 30 British holidaymakers dead.

Those who lost their lives in Tunisia last week were innocent victims of a brutal terrorist atrocity.

It is right that we mark and commemorate them and others murdered by terrorists overseas appropriately and support the loved ones they have left behind in every way we can.

– David Cameron, Prime Minister

Minute's silence held for Tunisia victims

Eileen Swannack and John Welch were killed in the attack on a Tunisian hotel.

A minute's silence has been held across the country in memory of those who were killed in the Tunisia beach attacks.

Among them were Eileen Swannack and John Welch from Wiltshire. Hundreds paid tribute to the couple in a memorial service in Biddestone, just before the silence at noon.

Memorial service for Wiltshire couple killed in Tunisia

Eileen Swannack and John Welch were killed while on holiday in Tunisia.

A couple killed in Tunisia is being remembered in a service in Wiltshire today.

Eileen Swannack and her partner John Welch were among 30 British tourists killed at the resort in Sousse.

A memorial service will be held at St Nicholas Church in Biddestone just before noon, ahead of a minute's silence across the country in memory of those who were killed.

'Close-knit community' mourns couple killed in Tunisia

Eileen Swannack and John Welch were killed while on holiday in Tunisia.

A book of condolence for a Wiltshire couple killed in Tunisia has opened at a local church.

Eileen Swannack from Biddestone near Chippenham and her partner John Welch from Corsham were killed in the attack at the holiday resort of Sousse last Friday. People a paying their respects at St Nicholas Church in Biddestone, and a service will be held there on Friday.

Rev. Jonathan Philpott told us the village is pulling together to support the grieving family.

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Wiltshire couple killed in Tunisia remembered at local church

Eileen Swannack and John Welch were killed while on holiday in Tunisia.

A book of condolence for a Wiltshire couple killed in Tunisia will be open in their local church today.

Eileen Swannack and her partner John Welch from Biddestone were killed in the attack at a holiday resort in Sousse last Friday.

Residents will be able to pay their respects at St Nicholas Church, and a service will be held there on Friday.

'Heartbroken' granddaughter's tribute to nan killed in Tunisia

Eileen Swannack and John Welch were killed while on holiday in Tunisia. Credit: Dan Welch

The granddaughter of a Wiltshire woman killed in the attack in Tunisia has posted an emotional tribute to her online.

Eileen Swannack and her partner John Welch were staying in the RIU Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse, which was at the centre of the massacre in which at least 22 Britons died.

Their family had tried to trace them in the aftermath of the attack through online appeals.

Granddaughter Lucie Marie paid tribute to her "loving wonderful" nan in a post on Facebook, saying she did not understand how anyone could hurt her.

Thankyou to everyone who has had my nan in their thoughts over the last few days, & for messages of concern & help. As most of you will now be aware, my Nan & her partner were unfortunately killed in the terroist attack in Tunisia on friday. The last few days have been the hardest of my life, the not knowing, the dread, the amount of emotions & questions running through all our heads have been exhausting. & as more details unravel I'm sure it will continue to be very difficult & upsetting for our family for some time. We ask for patience & some privacy while we try to come to terms with this & grieve. I cannot understand how anyone could hurt my nan, she was such a loving wonderful woman & I'm heartbroken she's been taken from us in such a cruel way. Thoughts with everyone involved in & effected by this tragedy.

– Lucie Marie, Eileen Swannack's granddaughter

Somerset pensioner came face to face with gunman who killed 38 tourists in Tunisia

Keith Hawkes, a former Gurkha from Highbridge, was caught up in the Tunisian terrorist attack Credit: ITV News

A Somerset pensioner has spoken exclusively to ITV News West Country about the moment he came face to face with a gunman in the Tunisian terrorist attack in which 38 holidaymakers died.

Keith Hawkes, a former Gurkha from Highbridge, risked his own life when he ran towards the gunfire to see how he could help those being shot. He says there was a second gunman firing at tourists.

Mr Hawkes said: "All of a sudden there was three or four very loud bangs. I recognised these bangs as gunshots straight away having experienced it many, many times during my army service. I looked down across the pool and I could see people running towards us."

"Everybody then got up and started to run. I grabbed hold of my wife and we both took cover behind a wall."

"I looked round and saw a man with an AK47 rifle slung across the front of his body. He wasn't actually looking at me, he was looking down at a phone that he had in his hand. Someone shouted that he was another gunman."

"There was an injured person just to our right and we were talking to him, telling him to keep quiet and not to move."

"Then there was another loud bang and he'd fired a shot in the reception area. We were just so, so lucky. The bullets came in our direction. I know that because we were immediately below the glass doors"

"I looked down to my left and I saw there was a man with his head in his hands who was sobbing. He told me he had just lost his wife. He said they just shot her through the neck and what could I do? I just had to console him. That's all I could do."

"I then went down to the swimming pool and picked up some towels and began to cover the bodies."

Granddaughter of Wiltshire woman missing in Tunisia issues online plea for news

The granddaughter of Eileen Swannack, who is still missing in Tunisia after Friday's terror attack, has turned to social media to help find her.

Lucie Marie has been tweeting for news of her grandmother and her grandmother's partner, John Welch.

The Wiltshire couple were staying at a hotel at the beach resort where the attack took place.

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