West Country tourists caught up in Tunisia attack

The funeral of one of the victims of the Tunisian beach attack is taking place in Wiltshire. John Welch from Corsham and his partner Eileen Swannack were among 30 Britons who lost their lives.

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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

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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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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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