A DEVASTATED widow has spoken about how thugs torched a trailer tent bought by her late husband.
Grandad George-Michael Wynn, known as Michael, saved up £600 to buy the eight-berth tent which he planned to holiday in with family members.
But the 64-year-old died last year, before he could ever use it, and his widow Anne-Marie of Aston Hill, recently decided to sell it for £500 to pay for his headstone.
She pitched the tent in her sister Sheila’s back garden in Buckley to check it before sale, but in the night it was burned to the ground by arsonists.
“I was at home and I got a phone call from my sister and I was totally shocked and when I saw the firemen I just couldn’t believe it”, she said.
“Someone came from next door to tell my sister it was on fire – everything was gone.
“He worked so hard to get it and we never got to use it.”
Michael, who died days before Christmas last year, planned to use the tent to take the family, including his three children and five grandchildren, abroad.
Mrs Wynn said: “My children were going to use it and my grandchildren were going to use it and of course it’s devestated them as well. If it was my money I wouldn’t be as upset but because he saved for that and I lost him it’s worse.”
She described Michael, who worked as a taxi driver in Deeside for 30 years, as “very sorely missed”. “He did a lot for people, he would mend bikes for the kids and he did a lot for the pensioners in the area.
“We couldn’t go into the shop without people stopping him to say hello,” she added.
Mrs Wynn said the tent was filled with a number of boxes containing items belonging to her late husband.
She said: “I don’t know what was there and it could have been anything.
“It could have been sentimental things of his we just don’t know. Everything was gone.”
She said gas bottles were being stored close to where the blaze erupted, and that the fire could have resulted in serious injury or death.
“It could have been really bad,” she said. “The house could have gone up and if it wasn’t for the neighbour coming to the house who knows what would have happened.”
North Wales Police are now investigating and asking anyone with information is to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.