North Walsham victims mark first anniversary of Tunisian terror shooting

Tony and Chris Callaghan, one year on from the Tunisian terror attack in Sousse on 26th June 2015. P

Tony and Chris Callaghan, one year on from the Tunisian terror attack in Sousse on 26th June 2015. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Tony and Chris Callaghan will mark tomorrow's first anniversary of the Tunisian terror attack at a poignant private ceremony with other survivors.

The North Walsham couple will help lay roses in memory of the 30 Britons who were among 38 killed in the Islamist mass shooting at the holiday resort of Sousse.

Mr Callaghan's left leg was grazed by a bullet in the attack. His wife's right thigh bone was shattered by another and she faces her fifth and final operation at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital next month to try to correct a dropped foot.

They have accepted that Mrs Callaghan, 62, will always have a disability and both have taken early retirement as a result.

But each is determined to fulfil the pledge they made when Mr Callaghan, 64, found his injured wife lying on a hotel corridor, with bodies, blood and other injured victims around her.

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As they hugged, they vowed that the outrage would not wreck their lives.

Counselling sessions are paying dividends for the couple who say they are learning to put memories in perspective.

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Mr Callaghan returned to the scene last September, chatted to hotel staff and laid flowers on a memorial, and the couple both took part in a memorial service at Westminster Abbey in April.

'It's been a really tough year no doubt – one of emotion,' said Mr Callaghan. 'But we vowed in that moment in the corridor that we would get through this. We are surrounded by so many people who are supporting us, and we have made some lovely friends among the other survivors.'

They are continuing with fund-raising as a 'thank you' to the Sahloul hospital in Sousse, where Mrs Callaghan underwent her first operation.

The couple have already bought £3,500 worth of equipment for the basic hospital, and have started a crowdfunding bid for more.

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