Hundreds attend memorial day for Denbigh man Arthur Jones


Geoff Abbott

HUNDREDS of people attended a fun day in memory of Denbigh man Arthur Jones who died on the Island of Crete while searching for a war memorial.

Co-organiser Leah Roberts said thousands of pounds had been raised at the Plas Pigot Country Club in Denbigh on Saturday where a book of condolence was opened.

"We had 650 people at the event and raised £2,300 on the day which will be added to the Arthur Bootsie Fund," said Mrs Roberts.

"A lot of people signed the book of condolence which will stay at Plas Pigot this week and another will be opened in the library.

"All the bands and crafts gave up their time for free and there was a lot of activities for children.

"We had face painting, kite making, mascots, and Elsa from Frozen and that really went down well because the kids love her.

"We've had a message from Arthur's family saying they were too overwhelmed to come but sent their thanks saying it was a 'wonderful tribute' to him."

Close friends of Arthur Jones, who was a member of the Whistle-Stop Motorcycle Club, also paid tribute to their "mate" and fellow biker.

Close friend Peter Crompton said Arthur was the "life and soul" of the club and "Mad" Eddie Adams added: "He's just a great guy who will be sadly missed. A real character who always had that look in his eye as if he was up to mischief."

In the book of condolence, Tony Elleshaw wrote: "Arthur, small in stature, big in heart, a giant amongst men and my friend."

Arthur Jones, aged 73, of Denbigh, went missing on June 19 while on a hiking holiday in Crete during which he also paid his respects at the region's military cemetery.

His body was found on Monday, August 4.

His friends, family and members of the Denbigh community mounted a tireless effort to find him and raise awareness in Crete, Downing Street and the rest of the world.

They have held vigils, appealed to Downing Street and formed teams to scour areas of Crete close to where Arthur was last seen.

They also called on celebrities to raise awareness of the search, including Ripper Street star Matthew Macfadyen, Game of Thrones actor Jerome Flynn, who also stars in Ripper street, darts player Eric Bristow and Liverpool footballer Adam Lallana.  

A loving father, grandfather, uncle and brother, Arthur was described as being a larger than life character, who would pop up in the most unexpected places. He was well known to the community of Denbigh and further afield through his involvement with military organisations, mountaineering groups and motorbike clubs.

He was born and bred in Denbigh, and after leaving school joined the Merchant Navy. At the age of 26 he returned to his home town and went on to serve with the Territorial Army. He volunteered his services as Sergeant Major in the Army Cadets and latterly became Quarter Master.

Another condolence message read: "Camp will never be the same without trying to beat you to breakfast. Rest easy soldier, duty done."

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