Shark attack victim’s funeral held

Gemma Redmond follows the coffin out of the church with her parents David and Coleta Houghton after the funeral of her husband Ian
Gemma Redmond follows the coffin out of the church with her parents David and Coleta Houghton after the funeral of her husband Ian

A WIGAN man was buried in the same church he got wed - just weeks ago.

Hundreds of mourners gathered at St Michael and All Angels Church, in Dalton, for the funeral of Ian Martin Redmond, who died on his honeymoon after being attacked by a shark on August 16.

Just 10 days earlier he married his wife Gemma, 27, at the same church, where he was laid to rest this morning (Tuesday).

Twelve of Mr Redmond’s friends, including the best man at his wedding, carried the coffin as a bagpipe player led the procession inside the church.

His wife, Gemma Redmond, followed, clasped tightly by her parents David and Coleta Houghton, with Mr Redmond’s mum and dad Stephen and Corrine, closely behind.

The venue was the same setting as their wedding earlier this month.

Just 10 days after the ceremony, while on honeymoon in the Seychelles, the IT specialist was savaged by a shark as he swam in the waters off Anse Lazio beach on Praslin, the second largest island in the archipelago.

The 30-year-old was quickly brought to shore where a French surgeon, also on holiday, gave first aid on the beach as his new wife looked on.

But it is thought Mr Redmond simply lost too much blood due to the massive injuries suffered in the attack on August 16.