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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

Family and friends still struggling to comprehend Eileen Swannack's death

Ahead of Eileen Swannack's family, Revd Jonathan Philpott, the Priest in Charge of St Nicholas Church, Biddestone says friends and family are still struggling to come to terms with Eileen's death.

The service, taking place at 12.30pm today, and will open with the grandmother's favourite song, Come on Eileen.


Funeral of woman who died in Tunisia massacre

Eileen Swannack and her partner John Welch were killed in the Tunisia shootings Credit: ITV News

The funeral of a woman who was killed in the Tunisia beach shootings is being held in Wiltshire this lunchtime.

Eileen Swannack from Biddestone and her partner John Welch were among 30 Britons killed in last month's massacre. The service will take place at St Nicholas Church in the village.

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