North East Wales

Hundreds at funeral of Crete holiday walker Arthur Jones

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Media captionThe Rector of Denbigh, the Reverend Jonathan Smith, said Mr Jones was very important to the community

Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of a Denbighshire man who died while on a walking holiday on the Greek island of Crete.

Arthur Jones, 73, was missing for more than six weeks before his body was found in a remote area near Chania.

More than 300 people were in St Mary's Church in Denbigh for the service while hundreds more listened outside

A keen biker, his coffin was carried in a hearse mounted on a motorcycle side-car.

His own Army-style motorcycle and side-car were parked at the church,

More than 100 bikers, many of them in their leathers, also attended the funeral.

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Image caption Mr Jones had sent a postcard saying he was planning a walking trip

Mr Jones was last seen on 19 June, two days after he had arrived in Crete.

A Facebook campaign to Find Arthur attracted support from over 3,000 people and Prime Minister David Cameron also pledged to do "everything he can" to help find Mr Jones.

His body was found on 3 August close to the Chania resort where he had been staying.

An inquest was adjourned into his death on Monday.

Mourners heard how former soldier Mr Jones had helped train more than 7,000 Army cadets over the years and played an active role in his local community.

Leading the tributes was his son Jeff, who went out to Crete to look for his father.

The Reverend Jonathan Smith, Rector of Denbigh, said Mr Jones was popular in the community, had many friends and was known for his charity work and was a mainstay of the annual Remembrance Day parade.

He is also survived by his three daughters and eight grandchildren.

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