Welsh stars recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Singer, author and broadcaster Cerys Matthews and Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland are among a number of recipients of the Queen's Birthday Honours.

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Aberdyfi RNLI volunteer to be awarded MBE

Davis Williams has volunteered for the RNLI since the early 80s. Credit: RNLI

A volunteer with the Aberdyfi RNLI is to be honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his dedication to search and rescue.

Sixty-three-year old David Williams first became an RNLI volunteer in the early eighties, when he joined as a helmsman. He became Operations Manager in 1996 and also leads Aberdyfi's Mountain Search and Rescue Team.

Despite these two time-consuming commitments, David still works as a Senior Park Warden in the Snowdonia National Park

"David has played a key leadership role in his local community. His support and passion for both causes has been unstinting, and I am delighted he has been recognised with an MBE." - Paul Boissier, RNLI Chief Executive

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Cerys Matthews and Warren Gatland to receive Queen's Birthday Honours

Singer, author and broadcaster Cerys Matthews and Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland are among a number of recipients of the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Cerys Matthews has found success as a singer and broadcaster. Credit: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

65 people feature on the Wales list, with 2 receiving CBEs, 8 awarded OBEs, 32 awarded MBEs and 22 receiving BMEs (British Empire Medals).

Gatland will receive an OBE for services to rugby, whilst Matthews is to be awarded and MBE for services to music.

Prof. Michael Owen, Director of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute at Cardiff University, is also to receive a knighthood for services to neuroscience and mental health.

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