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Emotive eulogy to Egypt bomb dead
Annalie Vickers and Jeremy Lakin
Ms Vickers and Mr Lakin had been on a diving holiday
Parents of a couple killed by suicide bombers in Egypt have read emotional tributes at their children's inquest.

Annalie Vickers, 31, and Jeremy Lakin, 28, died in a taxi rank blast in Sharm al-Sheikh on 23 July.

Ms Vickers' mother Angela Corke said she was "confident and vivacious", and Mr Lakin's father Trevor described his son as being "such fun to be with".

At a two-day hearing in Chelmsford, a coroner found all 11 UK victims died as a result of a terrorist attack.

Three explosions

Eight Britons were killed in a blast at the Ghazala Gardens hotel, while Ms Vickers, from Eastbourne, in East Sussex, and Mr Lakin, from London, died in a second attack at a taxi rank.

We love and miss him more than words can ever say
Trevor Lakin
Bomb victim's father

The inquest also heard Keri Davies, 29, from Fareham, Hampshire, was killed alongside his American girlfriend, Kristina Miller, 26.

Although the couple were staying at the Ghazala Gardens, the inquest was told it was not clear where they were when the explosions happened.

The bombs followed an initial explosion at a market place in which no Britons died.

'Caring and considerate'

Ms Vickers' stepfather, John Corke and Mrs Corke read a lengthy tribute which was interrupted by tears on several occasions.

Keri Davies, Kristina Miller
Mr Davies and Ms Miller were hoping to start a new life in Australia

"We all watched her blossom into a confident, vivacious, fun-loving, intelligent and sophisticated young woman who had everything to live for," said Mrs Corke.

"She had so much potential and it is the loss of this potential that is so hard to bear."

Mr Lakin's father Trevor said his son was "caring and considerate" and "a man of action".

"Our lives have been made richer for being blessed with him. We love and miss him more than words can ever say."

Suspected bombers

Earlier, witnesses told the Essex hearing how a vehicle crashed into the hotel and, seconds later, there was a "massive fire blast".

Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray recorded verdicts that the victims had been "killed in the course of an act of terrorism overseas".

The inquest was told the Egyptian authorities believed all of the suspected bombers had either been killed or arrested.

A British detective who travelled to the north African country reported 11 suspects had been killed and 37 arrested.

The Britons killed in the blast were:

  • David Sayer, 16, from Grantham, Lincs
  • Charith Jayawardena, 17, from Grantham, Lincs
  • Matthew Fulham, 17, from Hinckley, Leicestershire
  • Lesley Ayers, 50, from Basildon, Essex
  • Jeremy Lakin, 28, from London
  • Keri Davies, 29, from Fareham, Hampshire
  • Annalie Vickers, 31, from Eastbourne, East Sussex
  • Hannah Lloyd, 16, from Evesham, Worcestershire
  • Valerie Bracci, 70, from Canvey Island, Essex
  • Alan Bentley, 49, from Grantham, Lincs
  • Noeleen Bentley (known as Mandy Bentley), 43, from Grantham, Lincs

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