A joint funeral service took place yesterday for a British couple who died after collapsing at a hotel in Egypt.

John Cooper, 69, and his wife Susan, 63, fell ill while staying at the resort of Hurghada.

They were laid to rest after a private service in their home town of Burnley.

Mrs Cooper worked as a travel agent for Thomas Cook in Burnley.

An inquest into their death opened and adjourned on Tuesday, where their daughter Kelly Ormerod asked for time to grieve after the shock of losing both her parents.

The couple died suddenly on August 21, after becoming ill while on a Thomas Cook holiday at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in the Red Sea resort.

Forensic examinations carried out by authorities in Egypt reported the cause of deaths as being linked to E.coli bacteria, although this was dismissed by Ms Ormerod last week.