The daughter of a man who collapsed and died while dancing at Blackpool Tower today paid tribute to him, saying: “He died doing what he loved”.
Steve Thompson was at a Northern Soul event in the Tower Ballroom when he collapsed on the dancefloor at around 1am on Sunday.
First aiders and paramedics made attempts to revive the 51-year-old, who was visiting the resort from Dudley, West Midlands, but he died a short time later.
His eldest daughters Sophie, 20, and Danielle, 23, today paid tribute to their “amazing, loving, caring” dad who “lived life to the full”.
Sophie said: “People have said that dad had a big smile on his face before he collapsed, we take great comfort from that. They’ve said he was just dancing and had a heart attack. He died doing what he loved the most, to his favourite music, surrounded by other Wolves fans, he couldn’t have gone any more perfectly.
“But it is such a shock, we are devastated.”
The event was halted as paramedics attended to the Wolverhampton Wanderers fan, who was there with his sister Helen, among hundreds of people at the Wigan Casino Reunion All Nighter.
The event’s 800 other revellers greeted a public address announcement, saying he was on his way to hospital, with lengthy applause once the event resumed.
Mr Thompson, who also had a six-year-old daughter, Niamh, visited Blackpool as a child before bringing his own children to the resort for days out and later visiting with fiancee Kerry.
He worked as a glass fitter, running his own business, as well as doting on his three grandchildren.
Sophie added: “Dad had loved Northern Soul since he was a child, he loved the dancing and the music. And he used to dance around with us to it.
“He’d bring us to Blackpool on days out. He was a loving, caring man who lived life to the full and was always there for us.”
News of the death rocked the tight-knit Northern Soul community, as many fans took to Facebook pages to share messages of support and condolence for the family.
Sophie added: “I don’t think our family would have got through the last few days without all the messages of support.”