Tributes paid to Llandudno RNLI stalwart

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Steve Craddock

TRIBUTES have been paid to a long-serving RNLI stalwart who helped save more than 150 lives

Former lifeboat crew member Christmas Tudno Jones, also known as Chris, died at his home in Llandudno on January 19.

The 88-year-old, who had a wife named Joyce, first joined Llandudno RNLI in 1948 as a shore helper, serving as second coxswain, crew member and bowman before retiring in 1981.

Llandudno Lifeboat Station mechanic Les Jones said Chris visited the station regularly until his wife was taken into care.

“Christmas Jones was a long serving crew member and had retired a considerable time before I started - he was a very interesting guy.

“We went to see him on Christmas Eve 2014 and we arranged to bring him to the station so it would be a bit of an outing for him.

“He was a bubbly character and a very keen lifeboat supporter. He always had plenty to say, about the guys he'd served with.”

Christmas Jones was also invited to the 25th anniversary of the Andy Pearce lifeboat in November but was unable to attend due to ill health.

Tracy Sankey-Jones, who became a friend of Mr Jones after he began having meals delivered by her employer, Wiltshire Farm Foods, said: "Chris gave 34 years of service to the RNLI in Llandudno and during his service helped to save the lives of 166 people.

“I know how he proud he was of his service and the lives he helped to save. I think the world needs to know about people like Chris.

“He was a fantastic man."

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