A PACKED crowd of more than 300 watched a masterclass of bowling in Rhos-on-Sea in support of homeless veterans, and in memory of a late soldier from Penrhyn Bay.

A great night was enjoyed by all at a competition Rhos Park Bowling Club yesterday (August 4), with £1,224.90 raised for the charity “Once We Were Soldiers”.

This was in memory of Craig Roberts, who died while on SAS training in 2013.

It was the seventh such competition, the "Craig Roberts Memorial Invitational", that one of his closest friends and former schoolmate, Dan Jones, has organised since his death.

North Wales Pioneer: (L-R) John Bailey (winner), Dan Jones (organiser), and Craig Roberts father and mother, Kelvin and Margaret Roberts. Photo: Dan Jones(L-R) John Bailey (winner), Dan Jones (organiser), and Craig Roberts father and mother, Kelvin and Margaret Roberts. Photo: Dan Jones

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John Bailey, from Llanrwst, triumphed against Wayne Ditchfield, from Eccleston, in the final, by a score of 21-19.

John retained his title from 2019 and scooped the £400 first prize.

Simon Coupe, from Preston, won the £50 prize for the highest break (10).

Dan said: “I would like to thank everyone at Rhos Park Bowling Club and all the spectators for making it such a great occasion.

“(It was a) tremendous tribute to my great friend’s memory.”

North Wales Pioneer: Craig Roberts (left) and Dan Jones on their first day at Ysgol John Bright. Photo: Dan JonesCraig Roberts (left) and Dan Jones on their first day at Ysgol John Bright. Photo: Dan Jones

Last month, Dan, who attended Ysgol John Bright, Llandudno with Craig, told the Pioneer: “I knew him for about 20 years, since we were about four or five.

“He was just a very nice, lovely lad, who put everything into what he wanted to do in life.”