PUPILS took to the school gates and released blue balloons into the sky to pay tribute to a dedicated assistant headteacher.

The funeral of Delyth Wyn Jones took place on Tuesday, October 8, at Capel y Rhos, Llandrillo yn Rhos. Miss Jones died unexpectedly, aged 47, on September 24. She died from natural causes.

Miss Jones was a much loved assistant headteacher and head of PE at Ysgol Bryn Elian in Old Colwyn.

Pupils showed their respects on Tuesday as they took to the school gates. The balloons were released to mark Miss Jones's love of Everton Football Club.

Children then clapped for several minutes.

The family of Miss Jones said: "This was a fitting and dignified farewell to one of the cornerstones of the school, a true professional and an inspirational teacher who will be sadly missed."

Delyth had a guard of honour into the chapel, provided by Colwyn Netball Club, where she was a well-respected player, coach, umpire and chair of the club for many years.

The family added: "Hundreds of people packed into the chapel and also stood in the car park to show their respect and affection for her.

"The service was led by the reverend Helen Jones who spoke about Delyth's many attributes and how her sudden death had stunned the community."

Delyth was the devoted daughter of Buddug and the late Gwyn. She was a sister to Bethan, Elen and Mike and Anti to Tomos, Catrin and Dylan. She was also a great niece, niece, cousin and godmother.

"A tribute to Delyth was conveyed on behalf of the family by her elder sister, and the congregation then listened to her nephew sing 'Why God, Why?' from the musical Miss Saigon," the family added.

"Delyth’s younger sister and her niece then invited the congregation to sing Calon Lan before Delyth was taken to her final resting place at Bron y Nant Cemetery.

"Delyth made a very real impact upon hundreds of people and generations of Old Colwyn pupils during her all too short life.

"We would like to thank everyone for all the cards, flowers and words of comfort they have received since Delyth's death."