Man suffers heart attack at party

A man who collapsed after suffering a heart attack in Sudbury at the weekend had “never been seen so happy”.

David Last had been attending a function at the Masonic Hall in North Street on Saturday when he suffered a heart attack.

Mr Last, who is believed to be in his late 60s, had enjoyed a meal and had been up dancing during the Babergh Lodge Ladies Night at the hall before he fell to the floor shortly after 11pm.

Stuart Andrews, secretary of Babergh Lodge – a branch of the Suffolk Freemasons – said it was initially thought Mr Last had slipped and hit his head.

“Someone noticed he was turning blue and started CPR,” said Mr Andrews, from Ballingdon. “The defibrillator we got at the start of the year was instantly available.”

Paramedics arrived within minutes to treat Mr Last, a retired grocer from Stowmarket, and he was taken to West Suffolk Hospital where he was placed in an induced comma.

“He had been having a thoroughly good time and I had never seen a chap so happy,” said Mr Andrews.

A spokesman for the Masonic Hall said the event, which had been attended by around 90 people, was brought to a close following the incident.

“Mr Last is a lovely man, who is very gentle and kind and we all wish him well,” he said.

Although Mr Last remains in a serious condition, he was showing small signs of recover on Monday.

“He is in the best place and hopeful can regain his faculties,” said Mr Andrews.