North West Wales

Gerallt Lloyd Owen: 400 attend funeral for poet 'great'

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Image caption Gerallt Lloyd Owen was known for his hard-hitting poems

About 400 people attended the funeral service of Gerallt Lloyd Owen, one of the Welsh language's most prominent poets

The 69-year-old, known for his hard-hitting political poems, died this month following a short illness.

Born in Sarnau, Gwynedd, he won the Urdd Eisteddfod three times and the National Eisteddfod chair twice.

He was also the former presenter of the Radio Cymru poetry competition, Talwrn y Beirdd.

During the service at Bangor Crematorium, folk singer and language campaigner Dafydd Iwan described the poet as "one of the greatest Welshmen of his generation".

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