Family pay tribute to Eileen Swannack

The funeral of Eileen Swannack, who died during the terror attack in Tunisia, has taken place in Biddestone today.

On the same day, her family have released a statement:

"Eileen Swannack 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 the picturesque village of Biddestone, where they remained throughout the rest of their lives.

"She worked in the stores at Westinghouse in Chippenham and later at the local White Horse pub. Eileen was sadly widowed in 2005, and she remained in Biddestone, supported by her family and friends. 

"Eileen was always full of energy. She exuded youthfulness, had a lust for life, and a real sense of fun and mischief.

"She was Mum to Keith and Des, Grandmother to Lorren and Lucie and Great Grandmother to Ruby and Sapphire. She played an important role in the lives of all who knew her, including her step grandchildren and friends. 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.

"We, the Swannack family, would like to thank family and friends for the kind thoughts and support they have received - the flowers and cards have been a great solace to us and the homemade cakes have also been very welcome. The assistance we have received in various forms has been essential in helping us to get through this incredibly difficult time. 

"We would also like to express our thanks to the team at RAF Brize Norton, the Counter Terrorism Unit, Thomson Holidays, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Wiltshire Police and the Red Cross all whom have bent over backwards to make the difficult process as trouble free as possible.  We offer our particular thanks to the professional way that Eileen was repatriated back into the UK with compassion, professionalism, dignity and care. This has been of utmost comfort to us.

Our thoughts are with all of the friends and families of those who had their lives tragically taken from them in Tunisia as we all share this terrible grief and loss. "