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FAREWELL, SON; Victim's parents travelling to Tyneside for funeral.

Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter

LOVED ones of a man who died following a clash outside a lap dancing club are set to bid him farewell.

Michael Duffin was about to get engaged to his girlfriend, Sarah, and friends said he had everything to live for.

The 30-year-old was found collapsed in Newcastle's Carliol Square in the early hours of Saturday, August 25.

Police launched an investigation following his death.

Several men were arrested in the probe but were released without charge. One, a 31-year-old, was bailed pending further inquiries.

Mr Duffin, originally of Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, was found unconscious after leaving the For Your Eyes Only venue.

He had been living in Cartington Terrace, Heaton, Newcastle, for several years and worked in telesales in Doxford Park, Sunderland.

His father, Brian, a retired housing executive employee, and his mother, Deidre, a retired teacher, had been on holiday in France when the tragedy happened.

The couple also have a daughter, Clare, in her 30s, and another son, Peter, in his mid-20s, who both live and work in England.

His family, including his distraught girlfriend, are to attend his funeral at West Road Crematorium tomorrow.

The service starts at 2.30pm, and the family have asked for friends to meet at the Crematorium.

Floral tributes may be sent to Watsons Funeral Directors, 282, Old Durham Road, Gateshead.

Mourners are welcome afterwards, at Meadowfield Social Club, First Avenue, Heaton, Newcastle, at 7pm.

Mr Duffin was a former pupil at Cross and Passion College in Ballycastle.

As he left For Your Eyes Only, a verbal row broke out in the street with a group who had also been inside the club.

Results of medical tests and the post mortem are crucial to the inquiry into Mr Duffin's death, and police are waiting for further expert opinion before they can establish how he died.

SDLP councilor Madeline Black, a close family friend and neighbour, said the news had come as "a terrible shock".

She said: "I haven't seen him for a couple of years since he moved to England, but his dad said he was very happy, very settled.

"He had met a lovely girl and they were going to get married."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Sep 19, 2007
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