Eisteddfod honour for Scarlets’ Grand Slam heroes
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.
Jonathan Davies and Ken Owens will be honoured by the Gorsedd of Bards at the National Eisteddfod.
Harpist Catrin Finch.