THE People of Denbigh were asked to light a candle of hope to guide Arthur home as dozens of people gathered in the town to mark the second week since Arthur Jones was last seen on holiday in Crete.
Mr Jones was due to return home to Denbigh, from a walking holiday on the Greek island of Crete, on Tuesday June 24.
Family members and friends have joined the search efforts in Crete and Prime Minister, David Cameron, has vowed to do everything he can to help the search efforts.
Catherine Jones and Michelle Jones, family friends of Arthur's family, have helped to organise events to raise funds for the search including the candlelight vigil.
Catherine Jones said that people from the town and further afield were pulling together for Arthur and his family.
She said: “That's why the vigil is so important, no matter where you are in the world you can join this vigil and light a candle of hope and place it in your window and lets guide Arthur home and that's what today is about.
“It's about pulling together and showing the family that we care and that although we can't be there in person we are there in spirit.”
Michelle Jones felt the event showed how highly thought of Arthur and his family are in the town.
She said: “We have come together as a community to show that we haven't forgotten about them. Arthur is so well liked it just shows with the amount of people who have come to my house with stuff for the auction and stuff for the raffle and donations. It has just been non stop since Friday.
“It's just tremendous and very overwhelming.”
Another event has been organised for Saturday to raise funds for the search.
An auction and raffle will be held at the Plas Pigot in Denbigh that day.
Catherine Jones said: “Individuals have come forward and donated all kinds of things. We've got over 200 lots for Saturday so we're actually going to have to have another day.”
The fundraising efforts will go some way to pay for the expenses of getting family and friends to and from Crete to help with the search.
Denbigh's mayor, Rob Parkes, was impressed with how the town had come together since Arthur was reported missing.
He said: “It's absolutely brilliant. If anyone doubted Denbigh's community spirit then this goes to show how strong and how vibrant it is in our town.”
Several members of Denbigh Cadets also attended the vigil.
Arthur is well known in the town as 'boots' because of his involvement with the cadets.
Paul Burrows, acting platoon commander of Denbigh platoon, said: “I have been in the cadet force for about 20 years, I have known Arthur for 20 years he is a lovely man, we;re all shocked by what's going on.
Tom Fanshawe, second in command of the platoon, said: “I have known Arthur since I was a cadet myself and he has helped me through a lot of things he is a really nice man. He is well known in the town and he's been the parade marshal for donkeys years it is quite a good sight and it's quite reassuring to see how loved by the town he is.”
One of the cadets, Chloe Perry, spoke about how helpful Arthur is to young people in the town.
She said: “We joined a little bit later on so he wasn't our platoon commander but he used to drop by platoon and help us out and offer us if we needed help with boots and camping and anything like that he'd quite gladly help us out with that.” said Chloe Perry.
Cllr Colin Hughes who is a cousin of Arthur said: “I just want to thank Michelle and Catherine for organising everything. They have been pillars.
“We as a family are so grateful and we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the community.”
The vigil finished with a rendition of 'You'll never walk alone' by Angharad Rowlands.
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