Tragic shooting couple to have joint funeral service

Denis Thwaites,70 and Elaine Thwaites 69 of Blackpool
Denis Thwaites,70 and Elaine Thwaites 69 of Blackpool
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A Blackpool couple tragically killed in the Tunisia terror attack will have a joint funeral, it has today been revealed.

Denis and Elaine Thwaites were both killed on June 26 by Tunisian student Seifeddine Rezgui, 23.

The gunman, who has links to terror organisation Islamic State, opened fire on the couple and other holidaymakers in Sousse, leaving 38 dead, including 30 Britons.

It comes as the Foreign Office warned against all travel to the African country.

Mr and Mrs Thwaites’s family confirmed the couple will have a joint service on Wednesday at the Fairhaven United Reformed Church near Lytham – also known as the White Church – followed by a service at Lytham Park Crematorium.

An obituary notice read: “My beautiful parents Denis and Elaine were tragically killed in Tunisia on Friday June 26, Denis aged 70, Elaine aged 69.

“Rest in peace now my angels, you will always be in our hearts, love your daughter Lindsey and husband Danny xxx.

“Greatly missed and loved by all who knew them xxx.”

Yesterday the Foreign Office urged thousands of Britons to fly home from the African nation after warning another terror attack is “highly likely”.

Between 2,500 and 3,000 British package holidaymakers are believed to be in Tunisia, as well as about 500 independent travellers.

The Association of British Travel Agents said its members were aiming to bring customers home in the next 48 hours.

Mr Thwaites, 70, was from Stockton and Mrs Thwaites, 69, from Birmingham, but the pair lived in Blackpool.

They were staying at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Tunisia.

Mr Thwaites used to play for Birmingham FC and played for the club between 1962 to 1972.

He moved to Blackpool where it is believed he became a hospital porter.

It is understood Mrs Thwaites worked in the Blackpool hotel industry.

The funeral service at the Clifton Drive-based church will start at 1pm, followed by a service for family and close friends at Lytham Park Crematorium, Lytham at 2.30pm, with coloured clothing preferred.

Donations can be made to Alzheimer’s UK.

For more information contact the Co-operative Funeralcare on (01253) 596754.