North West Wales

Tribute paid to Machynlleth town clerk

Machynlleth's town clerk and well-known solicitor John Parsons has died at the age of 81.

Former town mayor, and personal friend, butcher Will Lloyd Williams said Mr Parsons' death was a "huge loss" to the Powys town.

Mr Parsons was a wise man who had worked tirelessly for the town, Mr Williams added.

As well as his work as a town clerk, Mr Parsons was also a solicitor who had campaigned against court closures.

"He was a big man, who worked hard for the town, even though he never forgot his roots in Corris (Gwynedd)," said Mr Williams, who was Machynlleth town mayor in 2000.

"He was very wise, and I'll miss him for his advice, but also as a friend," he added.

Mr Parsons served as town clerk for 40 years in Machynlleth and it was a role his family had performed since 1917.

He had only recently announced his intention to retire from the post.