Tributes for dad who died on Christmas Eve

Gillibrand Walks, Chorley
Gillibrand Walks, Chorley

A family has paid tribute to a “brilliant dad” who died on Christmas Eve.

David Swinbank, 52, of Railway Road, Brinscall, was found dead on Gillibrand Walks, Chorley, just yards away from his loving mother’s house.

Devastated mum Anne said: “I really don’t know what I’ll do without him, if I ever needed anything he came to me or I would always go to him.”

She added that he doted on his 15-year-old daughter Katie who lived with him and is now staying with Anne.

Dad and daughter enjoyed walking the dogs together and supporting their team Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

“That was David,” said Anne.

“He lived for Katie, the two dogs and football.

“He also enjoyed a few drinks and regularly drank at Pearsons, Last Orders and The Shepherds Arms.

“After the funeral, we are going to go to The Shepherd’s Arms as that is what David would have wanted.”

Police were called to Gillibrand Walks on Tuesday, December, 24, at 7.30am after David’s body was found by a member of the public.

Police launched a major inquiry and a cordon was thrown up around the scene throughout the day.

A number of roads leading to Gillibrand Walks were closed to allow an investigation to take place throughout much of Tuesday.

A forensic team wearing full body suits were at the scene and a white police tent had been erected.

After a post-mortem examination which was carried out late Tuesday afternoon it was confirmed that David died from head injuries from a fall.

David’s funeral is set to take place on Tuesday, January 7, at Charnock Richard Crematorium from 2pm.

Anne said: “He was so well known in Chorley, people have been coming round and asking to come.

“I don’t think the crematorium will be able to hold everybody.”