Shark victim funeral set

Gemma Houghton and Ian Redmond

Gemma Houghton and Ian Redmond

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THE funeral of a honeymooner who was killed in a shark attack will take place at the same church where he married his Wigan bride.

Family and friends will gather at St Michael’s Church in Dalton next Tuesday to pay their respects to Ian Redmond, 30, who was savagely attacked by a shark while on honeymoon in the Seychelles with his long-term love Gemma Redmond, 27.

The Diocese of Liverpool confirmed that Rev Tim Barton, who married the couple, will lead the service.

Mr Redmond was snorkelling just a few metres off Anse Lazio beach on the island of Praslin on Tuesday, August 16 when he was attacked.

Mrs Redmond, a primary school teacher, watched helplessly as her new husband was bitten by the shark.

Speaking last week, Mrs Redmond said her husband’s death had left a “gaping hole in her heart.”

The couple had married at St Michael’s just 10 days before the fatal accident.

They had been excitedly renovating a quaint cottage in Roby Mill to move into on their return from their luxury honeymoon. Speaking last week, Mr Barton said: “Ian and Gemma are well-known and well-loved members of the community and our thoughts and prayers are with Gemma and her parents and the rest of Ian’s family at this time.

“Myself and the whole community are deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic accident.”

It has been revealed that the savage killer may have been a Great White shark - rare in tropical waters - following the analysis of a tooth belonging to the animal which was removed from Mr Redmond‘s body.

It had been originally thought that the attack had been caused by a Tiger shark, which are more common in the area.

The disclosure came as officials in the Seychelles admitted they should have closed beaches after a shark killed a French tourist weeks before Mr Redmond’s death.