A PENSIONER promised her critically-ill war veteran husband she would 'march' for him at a parade in memory of fallen comrades.
And on Sunday Mai Williams kept her word, leading the VJ Day parade in Llangollen - in her wheelchair.
The 86-year-old, of Johnstown, said: 'He is critically ill and I have been at his bedside.
'His last words to me were a near whisper 'please attend the parade'. When I leave here I am going straight back to his bedside.'
Former headmaster Llewelyn Williams is a holder of the Burma Star.
The 87-year-old served with the so called 'forgotten' 14th Army and saw action in the Far East.
He was serving in Burma when the Americans dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima.
But for the past 22 years he has been an invalid, nursed by his devoted wife.
Both born and bred in Rhosllanerchrugog, the couple married at Wrexham Ebenezer Congregational Chapel 57 years ago and have two daughters.
'Llewelyn was accepted into Bangor University but rejected it on account of the impending war,' said Mrs Williams.
'He said: 'What is the point of doing a degree when I may be killed? I am definitely going to serve my country.' He chose to go to Bangor Normal College and completed his studies in September 1939.'
Within a few weeks of completing his course, Llewelyn was in uniform and after a brief training period he was sent overseas, where he remained for sixand-a-half years, throughout the duration of the war.
He also has the African Star. For 30 years Mr Williams was headmaster of Cyffylliog Primary School in Denbighshire. The couple have also lived in Ruthin and Old Colwyn.
The secretary of Llangollen Royal British Legion, Bob Davidson, and parade commander Major Phillip Jones willingly agreed to let Mrs Williams lead the parade after hearing of her promise.
Despite being frail and in a wheelchair, she carried a homemade banner bearing the badge of the 14th Army and a picture of Christ with the word 'Remembered'.
'I'm so proud,' said Mrs Williams as her carer led her to the head of the parade in the town's Market Street.
The march, along Oak Street, ended in St Collen's Church, where the Rev Tom Pritchard and the Rev Ben Parry conducted the service.
Two cadets from Burma company, 4th Cadet Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers, lance corporal Berwyn Eaton-Jones (Ruthin) and cadet Sarah Parry (Wrexham) read out the names of the fallen.
After the service the parade made its way to the Castle Street war memorial where wreaths were laid by the town council, Burma Star, Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association, Royal Air Force Association and the Chirk Royal British Legion.
Mrs Williams left behind her own memento - a copy of the 14th Army badge.
She stitched on her own jacket the badge of the 14th Army, an original taken from a shirt worn in Burma. And she wore Llewelyn's medals with pride. DEVOTED: Mai and Llewelyn Williams. A MATTER OF PRIDE: Mai Williams takes part in the VJ Day parade for her husband Llewelyn.