Hope fan's lasting tribute to his 'English rose'

Published date: 12 March 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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THE pain of Wales’ rugby loss to England has led to one fan movingly getting a lasting tribute to his late wife.

Patriotic Welshman Ian Wynne, of Hawarden Road, Hope, had to get a tattoo featuring the English emblem of a red rose after losing a bet with an Englishman on Sunday’s Six Nations clash.

Yesterday he was good to his word and faced the tattoo most Welshmen would dread most.

But Mr Wynne’s wife Yvette, who died after a brave four-year fight against cancer, was born in Cheshire, and he has dedicated his new tattoo to her – saying she was his English rose.

“Yvette was wonderful in every way and always thought about other people before herself. She was such a caring lady,” said Mr Wynne, 50. “She was so brave right to the very end. Her family meant everything to her and she idolised her grandchildren – twins Paige and Tegann, seven, and 13-year-old Tom.”

Mr Wynne said his wife’s treatment against breast cancer included chemotherapy at the Maelor Hospital in Wrexham and radiotherapy at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan.

At one stage it looked as if the disease had been defeated, but in April last year doctors found it had returned.

“It was such a blow, you could have knocked me down with a feather,” said Mr Wynne.

But Mrs Wynne refused to be bowed and was even at work at a lettings agency the day before she died last summer, aged 57. The couple were married for 15 years.

The bet that led to Mr Wynne getting the tattoo was struck with English pal Gary Holt, manager of The Red Lion pub in Hope.

If Wales had won Sunday’s Six Nations clash Mr Holt would have had to get a red dragon tattoo.

“It was all in good fun,” said Mr Holt, 45. “There was an excellent atmosphere in the pub for the game and I am delighted a charity collection raised £165 to go to the Children’s Cancer Support Group.”

Yesterday Mr Wynne went to the Wrexham Ink Tattoo Studio in Chester Street to get the red rose emblem inked on his right arm next to a tattoo he already has featuring Yvette’s name.

Asked if he would ever consider another bet along the same lines Mr Wynne laughed and said: “I don’t think so, but never say never.”

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