Dylan Ap Thuin collapsed on Sunday July 13th was declared dead 6 days
later on Saturday July 19th
2003 in Bolton. The following obituary appeared in The Portsmouth News
a fortnight later on Wednesday August 6th, written by
Victoria Taylor based on their own previous interviews with him over
the years, and material submitted to them by me.
Dylan Ap Thuin
the Insular Order of Druids
by Victoria Taylor
THE SELF-STYLED arch-druid of Portsmouth, Dylan Blight - later known as
Dylan Ap Thuin - has died aged 38.
Mr Ap Thuin - who admitted that some saw him as a
'total nutter' - was a campaigner on ecological and pagan issues and a
key figure in the pagan communities.
He was well-known for following druid beliefs, which
involve celebrating man's spirituality and relationship with the earth.
Mr Ap Thuin was born in London but came to Portsmomh
at the age of one.
He was a pupil at Portsmouth Grammar School and
lived in Elizabeth Gardens, Southsea, before moving to Bolton in
Lancashire last year.
Friend Karl Gallagher of Paulsgrove Road,
North End, said: 'He was well-known to many iwople for his enthusiastic
observance of pagan traditions, including both wicca ami druidry, and
also for his tattoo studio, Labyrinth, in Southsea..
He was also well-known to News readers, frequently
appearing in articles on anything from minority religion to body
The '90s saw steadily escalating conflict between
the authorities and the .British pagan movernent on many land issues,
including road-building, the freedom to worship at sacred sites, and
the 1994 Criminal Juatice Bill.
'During this time, Dylan campaigned actively.
ln 1993 he was one of only three druids to slip
through the police cordon and celebrate the summer solstice in
Stonehenge in full druid robes.
At Stonehenge. Dylan changed his surname to Ap Thuin
and formed The Insular Order of Druids, which first met at The Druid's
Arms in North End in February 1994 <sic>
His order organised private and public rituals to
celebrate the ancient Celtic and solar festivals, and in February 1995
he initiated fellow druids in a dawn ritual a Stonehenge.
Mr Ap Thuin was at Stonehenge when it was opened for worship at the
summer solstice in 2000 after a decade of campaigning.
He also did counselling work for Portsmourh
Mind and organised spiritual counselling for pagans at St'
James's Hospital and Kingston Prison in Milton.
He died from complications brought on by a heart
attack and is survived by his grandmother, parents Trevor and Jenny and
his half-sister, Leonora.
There will be a Crossing The Bridge ceremony
for Mr Ap Thuin on what would have been his 39th birthday on
It will place at Kingley Vale National Nature
Reservc, west of Chichester. from 10am.
Friends can visit www.wackydylan.com
or phone Mr Gallagher on...
- Dylan Ap Thuin: Born Dylan Blight on August 16, 1964. Died
July 13, 2003
WHAT DYLAN SAID
- My given name is Dylan, my surname is not important - but
in certain circles I am known as Dylan Ap Thuin.
- I was born on 16 August 1965
- I'm either an inspired magician or a total nutter,
depending on who you listen to.
- I am a double Leo - of Dragon vintage. I am a social
chameleon, changing my outer image on a regular basis.
- Sometimes in this life you just have to make your own
breaks. Other people will rarely make them for you.
- Ancient druids were spiritual leaders - 'Drui' means oak
tree and 'id' means wisdom.
- In general translation, they were the holders of nature.
- The druids worked as priests, healers, clairvoyants and
- Modern druids celebrate a spirituality and unity with the
earth, which can be mixed with creativity and the arts.
This notice appeared in the local paper in
Dylan Warren aka
Dylan ap Thuin
Passed away peacefully in
Royal Hospital, Bolton, July 19.
Funeral 1.00 p.m. July 28th,
Overdale Crematorium, Bolton,
followed by buffet at Cyber
Surf Cafe, Farnworth, Bolton.
Much loved and sadly missed
by Mum Jen, Dad Trevor and
A lot of people passed through Dylan's grove
in the nineties. One young lady who attended a few IOD moots but lost
touch wrote this poem when she heard about Dylan's death.
I remember you
on this welsh hillside
my brother in the hawthorne
your spirit in the well
I lit this candle for you
and watched it's flickering runes
reflected in the pool
Today the Robin and the Wren
on oak and may full bush
wove your essence in the air
sent ripples across time.
To the point in that circle
where i felt your hand in mine
under a younger moon then
with one million stars churning into cosmic flow
we surfed eternity,spiral castle bound.
All tides must ebb, and i am here
in Golden Grove where mistletoe hides
remembering a kiss that i never had
and you my friend,long dead now
but i remember everything, and more
and i know that you are here.
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