THE family of the Gwaun cae Gurwen pensioner killed in a collision with a car on Brynaman Road, outside Cwmgors Rugby Club, say he will be sadly missed.

Widower Gwyn Edwards, 72, was knocked down by a blue Vauxhall Corsa driven by a 19-year-old local man on the afternoon of November 14 as horrified schoolchildren looked on.

Born in Neuadd Road, Gwaun cae Gurwen, Mr Edwards served in the Merchant Navy in his youth.

He then married Lucy May Cairns and the couple made their home at Derwydd Avenue, Cwmgors.

Mr Edwards, who was predeceased by his wife, leaves a daughter, Marie, and a granddaughter, Lauren.

A family spokeswoman said: “He was a keen reader and loved music - he was a very knowledgeable man.

“Gwyn was a gentleman and well-liked by everyone who met him. He was a private but forthright character who had a large family, over whom he was very protective.

“Gwyn was well-loved and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.”

Bouquets of flowers mark the spot where the accident happened.

Meanwhile, South Wales Police are re-appealing for witnesses.

The driver of the blue Vauxhall Corsa and the 25- year-old male driver of a black Proton hatchback have both been arrested and released on bail pending further enquiries.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen the two vehicles being driven through the area before the collision to contact them.

Roads Policing Inspector Carwyn Evans said: “I urge anyone who witnessed the Corsa and the Proton travelling along the main A4069 road from Brynamman towards Gwaun Cae Gurwen to contact us.

“The two cars drove through this small community for at least two miles before the collision occurred and other road users and residents may remember seeing them.

“The Proton hatchback in particular is very distinctive and had silver stripes over its bonnet and boot.

“I also ask any residents who have private CCTV cameras that cover the road to get in touch.

“Any information, no matter how small, could prove vastly important to our ongoing investigation.”