North Wales photojournalist Jim Parry dies at 87

Jim Parry, a former photojournalist and TV cameraman who covered most of the major news stories in North Wales for 40 years, has died at the age of 87.

Starting his career as a newspaper photographer, he later founded an agency in Rhyl and supplied pictures to national and regional newspapers, particularly the Liverpool Daily Post.

Later he turned his skill to that of a film cameraman, covering hundreds of assignments mainly for the former HTV, now ITV Wales, before his retirement.

When ITV was in its infancy, he was the sole North Wales cameraman for TWW – Television Wales and the West.

Once, Parry climbed Snowdon in a storm, at one stage on hands and knees, to get the first picture of a crashed aircraft.

Parry, of Prestatyn, died peacefully in Glan Clwyd Hospital after a short illness.

Old colleagues were among the congregation at St Ann’s Church, Rhyl, for the funeral.

A eulogy was delivered by veteran freelance Derek Bellis, who described him as a great personality and a brilliant cameraman.

Parry lost his wife two years ago and is survived by a son, two daughters, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

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