TRIBUTES have been paid to a Vale of Clwyd stalwart who has sadly died.

Former Clwb Rygbi Dinbych president Dai Bryn Jones has been described as a "true gentleman and a fine servant to the sport of rugby union in Denbigh".

In a statement, Clwb Rygbi Dinbych said: "Dai Bryn was instrumental in getting the hospital authorities to back the fledgling North Wales Hospital Rugby Club back in 1972/73 and organised several large social events at the hospital in aid of the NWHRFC.

"Following the amalgamation of the hospital and town club in 1993, Dai Bryn was appointed joint president of the newly created Clwb Rygbi Dinbych.

"Dai was an exemplary volunteer at the club, selling match programmes and greeting supporters at the gate.

"Post-match, he could be found in the club kitchen serving up the culinary delights of the day with his fellow NWHRFC team mate Bob Neale.

"And if there was a post match sing song at the club, Dai could always be relied on to improve the standard of singing.

"A great character, true gentleman and a fine servant to the sport of rugby union in Denbigh and the surrounding area.

"The club would like to extend it's sincerest condolences to Nicola, Sean and their families.

"Cwsg yn dawel Dai."

Former Dinbych president and chairman Jeff Jenkins said: "Dai Bryn was always a kind, generous and enthusiastic member starting as joint-president of the amalgamated clubs.

"He undertook many duties, no matter how small with an unfailing sense of humour to support the success of the club."