A former Rydal Penrhos pupil has moved one step closer to achieving his dream to buy a prominent castle he is in the process of restoring.
Dr Mark Baker, who left the school in 2003, is working with a trust to preserve and renovate Gwrych Castle near Abergele, and he revealed that they have now secured a deposit after the owners of the site put it up for sale recently.
The Grade I Listed site consists of 160 acres and will go up for auction for offers over £600,000.
Speaking to the Rhyl Journal, Dr Baker, said: “For the past 21 years, we have been campaigning to secure the future of Gwrych Castle and has successfully restored five acres of gardens and buildings under a 25-year lease.
“We are now in advanced discussions with the current owners and with private donors and funders to seek the support we will need to secure the ownership of the Castle.
“For me personally, it would be great to see the castle being bought into public ownership. We want to move forward with the purchase.
"So many people came out to support us over the Easter weekend, and joined the trust, we've managed to raise the deposit and remain hopeful.”
The company selling the castle originally planned to turn it into a five-star country hotel, but were unable to secure planning permission to make this a reality.
Dr Baker, who set up the Gwrych Preservation Trust in 1997, also issued a plea to members of the public who wish to join the project and help boost their funds ahead of the auction, which is set to take place in Manchester on April 17.