THE family of Dawn Mullany and Laurence Mills have released a statement paying tribute to them.
Laurence and Mrs Mullany drowned in a tragic accident at a lake in Holywell near Castle Bytham on Thursday last week.
Their statement said: “Dawn was adored by all. She was a great friend, a loving mother and above all, a doting and devoted grandmother. Her passion and affection for life will never be forgotten.
“Laurence, or Laurie, was a gentle and caring brother to Nancy. He was a son with a wonderfully infectious smile who could warm the coldest place or light the darkest room. He had a limitless, bristling and bubbly enthusiasm for the new, and a burning curiosity to get involved with everything and anything, whether taking to the stage or the rugby field.
“Laurie and Dawn could not have been closer as grandmother and grandson. At the core of their special relationship was a shared love of fun and laughter.
“Their death leaves a hole in our lives that can never be filled. We will all have our own happy and special memories of the two of them, and we will ensure these memories never fade but burn more brightly than ever before.
“We have been moved by the many tributes and messages of kindness we have received and understand that our tragedy has touched the lives of so many, including those outside our family and circle of friends.
“We wish to express our most sincere gratitude and thanks to our family, friends and the community for their gifts, their support and their love during this most testing of times.
“We, their family and friends, are going to need time and above all space. Time and space will help us to take the small steps that will enable us to move forward as a family. These small steps will, over time, allow us to focus on the knowledge and love of what we had, and not what we have lost.
“And now, we hope and pray that the rest of the world has the respect, understanding and compassion to allow us to proceed in our own way without intrusion or question.
“This will help us to find a certain peace that will make this, the most challenging of journeys, a little easier to bear.
“We thank you for respecting our wishes and politely ask that there be no attendance from any section of the media at the impending funeral services.”