PICTURE GALLERY - Sad day for Denbigh as hundreds gather to say goodbye to Arthur Jones


Pictures by Don Jackson-Wyatt

HUNDREDS of people came to Denbigh today to say farewell to a man who inspired a resurgence in community spirit.

More 100 riders escorted Arthur “Bootsie” Jones' coffin to St Mary's Church.

The motorcycle outriders, made up of members of The Whistlestop Cafe Motorcycle Club of which Arthur was a member, approached Lenten Pool from Bridge Street.

Hundreds of mourners were waiting outside St Mary's Church to pay tribute to Arthur and a guard of honour was formed by Army Cadets from the Denbigh, Rhyl and Prestatyn platoons.

Three detachments of the Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force are at the funeral to pay tribute to “a star man and legend” of the force.

Staff and cadets from Denbigh, Prestatyn and Rhyl, as well as hall headquarters staff, are at St Mary's Church in Denbigh today for the funeral of Arthur “Bootsie” Jones.

Denbigh Platoon Commander Paul Burrows said: “It is a solemn day for the Cadet Force. We are going to miss a very important man for the Cadets.

He has been a star man and an absolute legend.”

Madeline Booth, of Prestatyn Cadets, said: “We are here to show respect for everything he has done for the Force.”

Nathan Yates, of Rhyl Cadets, said: “His service is something I would like to emulate.”

A floral display spelling out "Arthur" was in the hearse.

Before the funeral mourners had gathered in The Hand in Lenten Pool before the funeral.

Arthur, aged 73, died while in Crete. He went missing on June 19 and in the following days and weeks the appeal to find him strengthened the community spirit in Denbigh and further afield.

His body was found on August 4.

Members of the British Legion, soldiers and cadets are among the mourners in Denbigh today.

Before going into St Mary's Church, where the funeral was to take place at 2pm, deputy mayor of Denbigh Raymond Bartley said: “I have known Arthur for many years as I was in school with him.

During my time as mayor of Denbigh, Arthur was the marshal for the parades.

He will be sadly missed. He was always out and about in town talking to people and being friendly. I would like to thank him for all he did for the mayors of Denbigh.

It is a very sad day for Denbigh."

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