Hundreds pay their respect to Tunisia shooting victims Denis and Elaine Thwaites

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A seaside town came to a standstill with mourners lining the streets to pay their respects to a man born in Stockton-on-Tees and his wife who were killed in the Tunisia beach massacre.

The funeral of former Birmingham City Football Club player Denis Thwaites, 70, and his wife Elaine, 69, from Blackpool, Lancashire, is taking place at Lytham St Annes.

The funeral of Denis and Elaine Thwaites at Fairhaven church

The funeral of Denis and Elaine Thwaites at Fairhaven church

The couple were two of the 30 British holidaymakers killed in the terrorist attack in the resort of Sousse.

As the funeral cortege arrived outside the Fairhaven United Reformed Church, traffic came to a standstill and well-wishers looked on, wiping the tears from their eyes as they embraced each other.

The order of service which was handed out to the congregation showed the couple happily smiling.

As their coffins were brought into the church, Amazing Grace was played on the organ to the scores of mourners.

Cream lilies and roses lined the insides of the two silver funeral cars.