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Grav family's 'heartfelt' thanks
Mari Gravell and daughters Gwenan and Manon
Ray Gravell's wife and daughters at the service in Stradey Park
The family of Ray Gravell have sent "sincere and heartfelt" thanks to the thousands of people who attended his funeral at Llanelli's Stradey Park.

The ex-rugby international's wife and daughters said support since his sudden death was a great source of comfort.

"Ray was a wonderful family man and it's particularly heart-warming to know that he was loved by so many people in so many walks of life," they said.

Mourners filled much of the rugby ground for the service on Thursday.

His wife Mari and daughters Manon and Gwenan said they were "extremely grateful" for the response.

"It has been a great source of comfort to us during this very difficult time."

First Minister Rhodri Morgan, team mate Gerald Davies and historian Hywel Teifi Edwards all paid emotional tributes at last Thursday's service.

Gravell's family said it would be impossible to thank everyone individually who attended the funeral at Stradey and lined the route as his coffin was taken from his Mynydd-y-Garreg home to the rugby ground and then on to the crematorium.

But they said they were "thankful for the extraordinary expressions of sympathy and kindness".

The former British Lion was 56 when he died suddenly in Spain last month.

Mourners travelled from around Wales and beyond to attend the funeral.

Many of rugby's leading figures were among the mourners alongside politicians and dignitaries from all walks of life.

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