TRIBUTES have been paid to an 'amazing man', described as being one of Llangollen's most well-known characters.

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod team has led the tributes to Les Potts. 

Incredibly, Mr Potts had attended and volunteered at every single Eisteddfod since its inception in 1947.

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He died aged 92 years old at Wrexham Maelor Hospital on Thursday, January 25.

Mr Potts was a well-known figure in the Llangollen community having also been involved with the likes of the Llangollen Operatic Society, The Twenty Club, Llangollen Round Table and the Llangollen Probus Club. 

He also volunteered at Llangollen Railway and had moved to the north Wales town after meeting his wife Joan.

The couple were married for over 60 years until Joan passed away six years ago and they had three children together; Keith, Allan and Rosemarie, as well as seven grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.

Some of those who knew Mr Potts best in the community have now paid tribute. 

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Chris Adams, chairman of the festival said: "Les was central to our festival and the fact that he attended and volunteered at every single Llangollen Eisteddfod is a remarkable achievement. He welcomed tens of thousands of visitors to Llangollen every year and remained a valuable member of the tickets team right up until July 2023.

"He was an amazing man who passed his love for our remarkable peace festival on to his children Keith, Allan and Rosemarie, and their family."

Dave Danford, artistic director of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod said: "Les Potts was a man who gave his whole life to our festival, and did so much behind the scenes as an active volunteer right until his sad passing.

"His death is a very sad moment for us all, but we are thankful for his enormous contribution, right from our very first festival in 1947."