Dancer mourns loss of fiancé

Adam Swanwick with his fiance Louise Ayre.''Adam collapsed and died of a massive heart attack on September 2 as the couple were on their way to taste food for their wedding, which was set to be held on October 27 at Garstang St Thomas' Church
Adam Swanwick with his fiance Louise Ayre.''Adam collapsed and died of a massive heart attack on September 2 as the couple were on their way to taste food for their wedding, which was set to be held on October 27 at Garstang St Thomas' Church

A 28-YEAR-old amateur footballer died after suffering a massive heart attack – as he was on his way to taste food for his wedding at a Lancaster venue.

Adam Swanwick, from Catterall,who was known by his nickname ‘Jags’, was the passenger in a car being driven by his fiancée Louise Ayre on Sunday afternoon.

The couple, who were due to marry at Garstang St Thomas’ Church on October 27, were on their way to try food for their wedding breakfast at Lancaster Golf Club.

But as they travelled through back roads near Conder Green at around noon, he collapsed. His fiancée tried to administer first aid and attempts continued as paramedics were called to take him to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

But he died later that afternoon in the intensive care ward.

His devastated family and friends paid tribute to “the most genuine man you could ever meet”.

Dance instructor Louise, 26, said: “We were driving, and he basically just had a fit, or it seemed like that, but he was having a heart attack.

“I was just screaming his name. I asked him what was happening and obviously he couldn’t tell me.”

Garstang FC, where he had been a player since he was 15 years old, postponed first team, reserves, youth and veterans games this weekend as a mark of respect.

Adam, a keen Leeds United fan, worked as an HGV driver for Collinson in Garstang. He had followed his father Michael, who died eight years ago, into the profession.

Adam’s mum Winnie has been described as a “rock” for the family, making tea and sandwiches for the 30-40 people who had been visiting to pay their condolences every night since the tragedy.

Adam leaves another brother, Anthony Bailey, and sisters Ann Bailey and Jackie Swindlehurst.