A former owner of a well-known Llandudno dance and fancy dress shop has died.

Hilda Roberts had been a big part of the Llandudno community for more than 30 years, having held a number of voluntary roles within the community. 

The 95-year-old took over ownership of Maskarades Wales from her daughter Gwyneth and ran the business for more than five years.

Her grandson, Gareth Roberts, said she had a wicked sense of humour, a big heart and would leave behind a legacy of human spirit and kindness.

He said: "She would do anything for anyone and her philosophy was summed up with something she told me last year that I will never forget: life’s good, even when it’s hard.

"To me, she was my world and leaves behind a legacy of human spirit and kindness like no other I have seen or experienced.

"She’s with my mum Gwyneth and my grandad Bill now after doing everything on her terms and keeping a sense of herself even with dementia.

"I am so proud of her and her achievements and will never stop loving her or trying to live up to the very high bar she has set."

She was born in Liverpool and spent her working career caring for others - nursing, fostering, running children’s society foster homes and eventually retiring from WRVS care homes, where she was manager.

Her and her husband William (Bill) lived in Llandudno for more than 30 years and helped out regularly in the community through the Llandudno Hospital, Holy Trinity Church and WRVS.

She took over ownership of Maskerades in 2001, after her daughter had founded the business, and retired from the role in 2005/06.

Mr Roberts said his nan had been quite the seamstress and continued to make dresses and costumes for the store after leaving.

She has been in the Rhoslan Care Home for two years but continued to make her way into Llandudno.

The funeral service will be held at the Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno, from midday on September 20, with the burial to follow at Llanrhos cemetery.