Tributes to Bolton couple found dead in Benidorm

Laurence and Katie Dargan, who were found dead in Benidorm

Laurence and Katie Dargan, who were found dead in Benidorm

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TRIBUTES have been paid to an elderly couple found dead in their holiday home in Spain.

Laurence and Katie Dargan — both aged 92 — were found in their apartment two weeks after flying out to Benidorm for a three-week holiday.

The cause of their deaths is not yet known and police in Spain are carrying out toxicology tests to determine the circumstances.

Mr and Mrs Dargan, who lived in Winslow Road, Hunger Hill, had visited Benidorm every year for 30 years.

Their neighbour, Joanna Harwood, had driven the couple to Liverpool Airport at the start of their holiday last month.

She had known the pair for nearly 25 years.

Mrs Harwood, aged 49, said: “It’s such sad news — we will miss them very much, because they were lovely, lovely people.

“They were both very excited and couldn’t wait to go away.

“My husband and I had agreed to look after the house while they were gone, as we always did.

“I was due to pick them up from the airport but I found out five days before they were due to return that they had died.

“Laurence and Katie were very young for their age.

“They kept themselves to themselves, but they seemed to have a very good social life.”

Mr and Mrs Dargan had both been captains at Horwich Golf Club and owned a bathroom fitting business together.

Mr Dargan served as a bomber pilot during World War Two and was a Labour councillor in the 1950s.

They did not have any children.

Their nephew, Chris Beardsworth, aged 67, said: “I was shocked when I heard the news — they both seemed in good health.

“They were very private, but very nice people.”

Family friend Ken Oakes, who had known the couple for more than 60 years, since he was a youngster, said he had last seen them in April, three months before their holiday.

Mr Oakes, aged 66, who lives in Niort, Western France, said: “My wife, Ann, and I came back to the UK and we took Laurie and Katie out for some lunch, then we went to Blackpool together.

“They were in really high spirits. They were always together. They never did anything apart.”

Mr and Mrs Dargan were buried at a municipal cemetery on the outskirts of Benidorm.

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said: “We were notified of the deaths of two British nationals in Benidorm on July 5.

“We provided consular assistance to the family and our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.”

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12:28pm Mon 18 Aug 14

JustBecause says...

Sad news, sounded like a lovely couple, clearly devoted to each other.
Sad news, sounded like a lovely couple, clearly devoted to each other. JustBecause
  • Score: 5

12:41pm Mon 18 Aug 14

catsden says...

Tragic RIP God Bless you both
Tragic RIP God Bless you both catsden
  • Score: 2

2:04pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Chrome1 says...

Sad loss. The article however spends too much time on someone prattling on about the what kind of people they were rather than the circumstances of their death which should be the focus of the story.
Sad loss. The article however spends too much time on someone prattling on about the what kind of people they were rather than the circumstances of their death which should be the focus of the story. Chrome1
  • Score: -9

2:17pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Neil Robertson says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Sad loss. The article however spends too much time on someone prattling on about the what kind of people they were rather than the circumstances of their death which should be the focus of the story.
See paragraph three...

"The cause of their deaths is not yet known and police in Spain are carrying out toxicology tests to determine the circumstances."
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Sad loss. The article however spends too much time on someone prattling on about the what kind of people they were rather than the circumstances of their death which should be the focus of the story.[/p][/quote]See paragraph three... "The cause of their deaths is not yet known and police in Spain are carrying out toxicology tests to determine the circumstances." Neil Robertson
  • Score: 12

2:28pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Chrome1 says...

Neil Robertson wrote:
Chrome1 wrote:
Sad loss. The article however spends too much time on someone prattling on about the what kind of people they were rather than the circumstances of their death which should be the focus of the story.
See paragraph three...

"The cause of their deaths is not yet known and police in Spain are carrying out toxicology tests to determine the circumstances."
I know, and I appreciate you telling me, but it still doesn't seem enough. There should be more or at least a statement from Spanish police or doctors
[quote][p][bold]Neil Robertson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Sad loss. The article however spends too much time on someone prattling on about the what kind of people they were rather than the circumstances of their death which should be the focus of the story.[/p][/quote]See paragraph three... "The cause of their deaths is not yet known and police in Spain are carrying out toxicology tests to determine the circumstances."[/p][/quote]I know, and I appreciate you telling me, but it still doesn't seem enough. There should be more or at least a statement from Spanish police or doctors Chrome1
  • Score: -9

4:56pm Mon 18 Aug 14

keggard says...

Rip
Rip keggard
  • Score: 1

5:12pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Djorkaeff's right peg says...

RIP. I hope it was nothing sinister. Eternally together now.
RIP. I hope it was nothing sinister. Eternally together now. Djorkaeff's right peg
  • Score: 0

9:51pm Mon 18 Aug 14

CarlXVIGustaf says...

They had a good innings
They had a good innings CarlXVIGustaf
  • Score: 0

6:21pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Garbel says...

I'm sure Laurence had a brother called John and a sister-in-law called Phoebe Dargan. He also had a niece called Nora Lord whose husband was Ken and a great niece called Debra Steward nee Parkinson nee Lord. Very sad RIP
I'm sure Laurence had a brother called John and a sister-in-law called Phoebe Dargan. He also had a niece called Nora Lord whose husband was Ken and a great niece called Debra Steward nee Parkinson nee Lord. Very sad RIP Garbel
  • Score: 3
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