The widow of a keen walker whose body was found in a Lake District river today paid tribute to her husband, saying he had been “swept up into heaven.”
John Allen, 76, is believed to have been trying to help his dog out of the water in the River Esk estuary at Ravenglass when he went missing a month ago. An inquest has been opened and his funeral is tomorrow morning, 10.30am, at Fulwood Free Methodist Church in Preston.
Today, his wife of 52 years, Diana – known as Di – said: “The place in the river where John’s body was found a fortnight ago is a beautiful spot between mountains in the distance – including Scafell which the family had climbed two days earlier – and picturesque Muncaster Castle with azaleas in full bloom, the sort of place where you might pitch a tent and even the weather was perfect. Jasmine, our eight-year-old granddaughter, said she believed that God had swept Grandad up into heaven and that is really how we all feel as a family.”