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Journalist's archive set to be preserved for future generations

Millions of words penned by a journalist and historian are being archived ready to be made available to future generations.

The last wish of the late Ivor Wynne Jones was that his papers would be distributed among the relevant records offices in North Wales, where he worked.

Ivor died, aged 80, in April last year. He was editor of the Caernarvon and Denbigh Herald, worked for the North Wales Pioneer before moving to the Daily Post in 1955. He went on to report from around the world and covered the Gulf War as the Daily Post’s last chief Welsh correspondent.

He was also a prolific author, responsible for numerous books, most of which were on the broad topic of Welsh history.

His personal library at his home, in Penrhyn Bay, was vast but his ability to recall details of incidents and events without the need to refer to his immaculately filed archives was well known.

So far seven cubic metres of information, which includes documents, journals, books, research notes, articles, correspondence and photographs, many dealing with the local area, are now being stored in the Conwy archive.

The information comes from Ivor’s work as a historian and as a journalist and includes research material for many of his books, as well as historical material by his friend Norman Tucker.