Axbridge blast latest
TRIBUTES to a couple who died in an explosion in Axbridge have been pouring in. Family and friends of Wilfred and Wendy Bastin have
TRIBUTES to a couple who died in an explosion in Axbridge have been pouring in.
Family and friends of Wilfred and Wendy Bastin have sent heart-felt messages of sympathy and support to a tribute page on the Weston & Somerset Mercury website.
The couple died on October 27 at their flat at The Georgian House in St Marys Street after a blast at around 3pm.
The inquest into the two deaths was officially open on November 1 and a full hearing will be heard next year after police have carried out investigations.
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Postmortem results show that Wendy, aged 47, was stabbed to death and that 60-year-old Wilfred died after inhaling smoke and hot gases.
Wilf, as he was known to friends, was a carpenter and leaves 11 children and grandchildren. He was keen skittler and played for Worle Wanderers in the Weston District League.
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Last week, the Weston family of the couple spoke exclusively to the Weston & Somerset Mercury saying the explosion was the result of an argument that 'got out of hand' and the pair will be sorely missed
The husband of Wilfred's auntie, Joe Lundy, flew back from a holiday in Lanzarote when he heard the news.
The 84-year-old from Wick St Lawrence says he and his wife Sylvia, aged 81, 'practically raised' Wilfred when he was young.
Mr Lundy said: "Wilf's theme song was We Are Family which he used to sing while hitting his head with a tin tray to make the children laugh.
"This was typical Wilf. He loved his children and grandchildren very much and he was a good dad. One of the best."
Messages on the Bastin's tribute page have come from as far as Canada. One mourner wrote: "Your fun and sense of humour will be remembered in our hearts forever."
*To leave a tribute to Wendy and Wilfred log on to the obituaries section of www.thewestonmercury.co.uk.