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Lisa Burbidge Tunisia death: Memorial for Sousse attack victim

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Image caption Lisa Burbidge's family said her "warmth, kindness and sense of fun lit up the world, from Benwell to Whickham, Tenerife to Tunisia"

A remembrance service has been held for a Tyneside woman killed in the Tunisia terror attack.

Lisa Burbidge, 66, from Whickham, Gateshead, was one of 38 British tourists killed on 26 June last year.

So-called Islamic State claimed responsibility when gunman Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire in the popular resort of Port El Kantaoui in Sousse.

In a statement, Mrs Burbidge's family said their "lives completely changed forever" when she died.

"She brought love and laughter into the life of everyone who was lucky enough to come into contact with her," they said.

Image caption Mrs Burbidge's family said the memorial bench was "not just a tribute to her but also a thank you to the community where she lived and loved"

"She loved her holidays and had been to Tunisia nine times with six to the same hotel where she lost her life."

After the service at St Mary the Virgin Church, Whickham, a memorial bench was unveiled, 38 white roses were laid and 38 balloons released in memory of all the beach attack's victims.

The family said they had been "incredibly close" and her death had left a "gaping hole" in their lives.

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