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Tunisia victim 'skinned' our George, funeral is told

By Lauren Brown

An ex-footballer who was killed with his wife in the Tunisia beach massacre has been described as "one of the best" footballers of his time after a colleague said he regularly "skinned" George Best.

At the funeral of former Birmingham City Football Club player Denis Thwaites (70) and Elaine (69), the couple were described as "two lovely, beautiful and precious people".

The Blackpool couple were among the 30 British holidaymakers killed in the terrorist attack in the resort of Sousse.

The mourners included former Birmingham City player Malcolm Page (68).

Mr Page said: "His loyalty and great skill as a footballer were the two great things I will remember. He really was one of the best skilled of that time. It was the George Best era. He played with him in Malta and he skinned George all the time. I wouldn't compare him with anyone, he was one on his own."

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