How often have you heard it said “that should have been written down” or “we should have recorded that event or story"?

This has happened over and over again, with the end result often being stories pass by, lost forever.

With this in mind, Colin Roberts, from Denbigh, has made the decision to translate his father’s stories into a lasting document, Lockdown Les At 90.

Leslie Roberts, of Connah’s Quay, had been very poorly in hospital, and the Wrexham Maelor Hospital saved his life.

It was at that moment Colin realised that had Leslie died in hospital, there would be nothing to show of his father's amazing life.

Colin's sister, Wendy Welch, from Ewloe, gave her father her old iPad. Every day Colin would speak to Leslie on Facetime, during which time he began to collect many amazing stories which reflected a fantastic social history and how to survive life through love and commitment.

The stories became so wonderful that Colin decided to make a book, fully illustrated, and a picture of a 90-year-old past and present.

Colin’s wife Judith edited the book and between them created copies for people to read.

Leslie decided that maybe donations could be requested for the book and this support could be presented to the NHS Awyr Las charity through Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

So far the book has raised nearly £600. It has also been presented to the Denbighshire archives, as well as being housed in the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.

Recently Leslie and Colin were interviewed on The Kay Burly Show on Sky News, after the presenter Kay had registered an interest in the book.

However, there was another reason for creating this wonderful piece of history.

Colin said: "This book hopefully will show people generally that by bringing together stories from the past through loved ones and family members, a valuable memento can be created for generations to come.

"To keep memories alive is a privilege and something to be proud of.”

• Copies of the fundraising book, Lockdown Les At 90, at £10 including P&P, can be ordered from Colin on email at