‘Proudest day’ for sword attack hero

garyRB'Gary Wainwright with his daughter Leanne,at her wedding at st Mar'ys Church,Ecclesfield and grrom Paul Clark after the ceremony

garyRB'Gary Wainwright with his daughter Leanne,at her wedding at st Mar'ys Church,Ecclesfield and grrom Paul Clark after the ceremony

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A SHEFFIELD man walked his daughter up the aisle months after nearly losing his arm in a sword attack on holiday in Tenerife

Gary Wainwright, aged 53, of Wadsley Bridge, said it was “the proudest day of my life” as he gave away daughter Leanne, 29, to childhood sweetheart Paul Clark, 30, at St Mary’s Church, Ecclesfield.

The boiler salesman and cafe owner had his arm broken in four places and suffered nerve and muscle damage when he fended off a man wielding a three-foot Samurai sword in a bar on New Year’s Day.

He needed 178 stitches and an operation on the Spanish island after he used a chair to defend himself while other customers escaped. He had further surgery in Sheffield, and still needs physiotherapy three times a week along with a daily dose of painkillers.

Gary said the wedding was “a fantastic day from beginning to end. In the dark days, in January and February when I was really ill, it was the thought of the wedding day that kept me going.”

Leanne, Sheffield manager of teaching recruitment agency Vision for Education, and Paul, a window fitter, live in Margetson Crescent, Parson Cross.

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