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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Town says final farewell to Wyn Hughes - legend of Llangollen

 * The scene inside the church just before Wyn's funeral service began.

* The scene inside the church just before the funeral.

Crowds lining Castle Street applauded as the funeral cortege of Wyn "Paraffin" Hughes - Legend of Llangollen - passed by on its way to Pentrebychan Crematorium this lunchtime (Thursday).

Earlier a well-attended service was held at St Collen's Church for Wyn who passed away at the age of 87 on November 11.

The Vicar of Llangollen, Father Lee Taylor, said that although the word 'legend' was used a lot these days it was a description "well deserved" by Wyn.

"He was someone who was admired by a lot of people, someone who was original and someone who was amazing - a local treasure. And it is an honorific title well deserved by Wyn," he said.

Hymns "Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer" and "O God Our Help in Ages Past" were interspersed with eulogies by Wyn's family member Paul Hughes and Gareth Lloyd from Llangollen Football Club both of which contained some humorous anecdotes about Wyn.

Mr Hughes recalled the time Wyn had visited a local primary school and one of the young pupils, when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, answered, "I want to be Wyn Hughes", and when asked why replied, "because everyone loved him."

Mr Lloyd, sharing similar stories, said Wyn's voluntary contribution to the club over many years would "never be forgotten."

Donations from the funeral will go to Hope House Hospice and to Llangollen Football Club for a trophy or plaque in memory of Wyn.

Wyn's flowered-topped coffin was proceeded both into and out of church by a standard bearer from the Llangollen branch of the Royal British Legion, showing his support over many years as a collector during the annual Poppy Appeal.

As the funeral cortege was driven down Castle Street towards Wrexham a number of people were on the street to see Wyn go by on his final journey from Llangollen and many applauded as a mark of respect for his unique standing in the town. 

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