Tributes have been paid to a motorcyclist from Weaverham who was killed in a crash on a road in Gwynedd last weekend.

John Anthony Bennett was riding a Yamaha motorcycle which was involved in a collision with other vehicles on the A496 at Llanelltyd near Dolgellau on Sunday afternoon, May 8.

North Wales senior coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones said an investigation had been opened into the 51-year-old’s death and an inquest would be held in due course.

Mr Bennett’s family have made no statement about the incident but friends have posted messages of sympathy and support on social media websites.

Writing on Facebook Carley Phipps told Mr Bennett’s family: “My thoughts are with you, he was a lovely man. I have lots of funny memories from when we were children.”

And Julie Anne Porter added: “I am so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this very sad time.”

Mr Bennett is believed to have been a keen motorcyclist.

In a message to his family Ian Thompson said on Facebook: “So sorry for your loss my thoughts are with you and the rest of the family.”

On Twitter Beckers said simply: “RIP buddy ride free...”

The road between Barmouth and Dolgellau was closed for more than six hours following the crash.

Traffic was diverted across the Penmaenpool toll bridge.

Long delays and tailbacks of about eight miles were reported between Llanelltyd and Barmouth during the road closure and some drivers were advised to head north via Harlech.

The road was fully re-opened at about 10pm.

Collision investigators are continuing with a detailed investigation into the incident on behalf of the coroner and are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.

Anyone with information are asked to call North Wales Police on 101.

There have been several serious accidents on the stretch of road between Llanelltyd and Bontddu and councillors have called for more safety measures.