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Elderly man dies after being blown over in Storm Ali on wedding anniversary

An 85-year-old man who suffered a head injury when he was blown over while celebrating his wedding anniversary in Llandudno during Storm Ali has died.

James Tattersall and Anne, his wife of 55 years, were walking back to their hotel on Mostyn Street last Wednesday, when a gust of wind blew them both off their feet.

The grandfather-of-four and his wife were attended to by paramedics and the police.

Mrs Tattersall received a blow to her head and hurt her hip, but her husband's injuries were far more serious.

He was taken to hospital but died at 3.20am on Thursday.

The couple were regular visitors to the area from their home in Lancashire, and were staying at the honeymoon suite at the Ambassador Hotel.

We both love Llandudno and have been coming here since our two girls were small.

We loved walking around the town and along the promenade. We were both having a lovely time to celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary.

Jim had really enjoyed the evening before, as there was a guitarist playing 60s and 70s music at the hotel.

He was in his element.

– Anne Tattersall

Mrs Tattersall, 79, said they had a coffee in Llandudno on Wednesday morning and were walking back to the hotel when the wind knocked them over.

She thanked the people who came to their aid, especially a farmer who stayed with her until the ambulance took her and her husband away.

Everybody was fantastic.

The staff at Barclays bank brought out a chair and some blankets, and two police officers managed to stem the blood from Jim's head injury.

I was told later that, if they hadn't done that, he wouldn't have made it to the hospital alive.

But I'd especially like to thank from the bottom of my heart a farmer who was dressed in only trousers and a T-shirt, who sat with me and protected me from people who were staring.

The family would like to thank the emergency services and wonderful staff at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd for helping Jim in his final few hours. They could not have done any more.

He was not a quiet man by any means.

Jim always had something to say and we used to have long discussions about current affairs and so on. He was a very intelligent man.

What I'll miss is his jokes and companionship. We always had a laugh together.

Even though this is a terrible shock, I've just got to get on with it.

Jim would want that.

– Anne Tattersall