Eisteddfod honour for Scar­lets’ Grand Slam he­roes

Llanelli Star - - FRONT PAGE - ERYL CRUMP

TWO Scar­lets rugby stars will be among those who will be hon­oured by the Gorsedd of Bards at the Na­tional Eisteddfod this sum­mer.

Jonathan Davies, from Ban­cyfe­lin, and Car­marthen’s Ken Owens be­came na­tional he­roes as part of the Wales Grand Slam-win­ning team at this year’s Six Na­tions Cham­pi­onship.

Both play for the Scar­lets and Wales, and have also rep­re­sented the Bri­tish Li­ons.

Gorsedd of Bards Recorder Chris­tine James said they were be­ing hon­oured “for the way in which they have em­braced and cher­ished the Welsh lan­guage and for their role in en­rich­ing our cul­ture”.

She added: “These hon­ours, pre­sented an­nu­ally, are an op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise in­di­vid­u­als from all parts of the coun­try for their achieve­ments and their com­mit­ment to Wales, the Welsh lan­guage and to their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties across the whole of Wales.

“In line with the Gorsedd of Bards’ ar­range­ments, all new mem­bers are ad­mit­ted at the same level, ir­re­spec­tive of whether they are hon­oured with blue or green robes.”

Stars from the worlds of en­ter­tain­ment, mu­sic and busi­ness are also be­ing hon­oured.

They in­clude Ceredi­gion-born harpist Ca­trin Finch who has per­formed at venues across the world, and was the of­fi­cial harpist to the Prince of Wales from 2000 to 2004.

She has recorded works by com­posers from ev­ery pe­riod, as well as form­ing a mu­si­cal part­ner­ship with Sene­galese mu­si­cian Seckou Keita.

The mu­sic of John Jones and Alun Roberts - bet­ter known as John ac Alun - has at­tracted thou­sands of fol­low­ers and they have sup­ported many lo­cal and na­tional char­i­ties.

Elfed Roberts re­tired from his role as chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Na­tional Eisteddfod in 2018 af­ter 25 years in charge, and will be hon­oured for his con­tri­bu­tion.

The Na­tional Eisteddfod will be staged in Conwy county from Au­gust 3 to 10.

The Gorsedd cer­e­monies will be held on Mon­day, Au­gust 6 and Fri­day, Au­gust 10.

Pic­ture: Ben Evans/Huw Evans Agency

Jonathan Davies and Ken Owens will be hon­oured by the Gorsedd of Bards at the Na­tional Eisteddfod.

Harpist Ca­trin Finch.

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