Bonnie Tyler leads list of Welsh greats on Queen’s Birthday Honours list

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Bonnie Tyler (PA Archive/PA Images)
Bonnie Tyler (PA Archive/PA Images)

Singer Bonnie Tyler is among the great and good from Wales who are to be included in the the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

The star from Swansea, who is known for her distinctively husky voice and hits including Total Eclipse Of The Heart, is to be made an MBE for her services to music.

Tyler, 70, whose real name is Gaynor Sullivan, has had a career spanning five decades since she was first scouted in 1974 while performing in pubs and clubs in south Wales.

Total Eclipse of the Heart was one of the biggest selling hits in 1983 and topped the charts in the UK and the US and has sold six million copies.

Former international Wales rugby union and league David Brynmor Williams is also on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Mr Williams, 70, also represented the country at a senior level in athletics and is being recognised for his services to sport and charity.

He was a test player for the British Lions on their 1977 tour to New Zealand during which his team beat the All Blacks.

The former scrum-half has been a well-known television and radio pundit for the BBC in both English and Welsh languages for more than 30 years.

He is also a trustee of the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust which helps look after rugby players with life-changing injuries and a patron of Velindre Cancer Centre Hospital. He is also ambassador for Fields in Trust Wales, which protects community green spaces.

Another sportsman being made an MBE is Glamorgan County Cricket Club’s chief executive Hugh Morris who was one of the most consistent and successful batsmen in Glamorgan’s history.

Poet Gwyneth Lewis, 62, will become an MBE for services to literature following a lifetime of achievements which include being named the first National Poet of Wales in 2005, writing the lyrics which appear on the front of Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre and being elected Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford in 2019.

Rocio Cifuentes, 45, will also be made an MBE for supporting hundreds of young people during her time as chief executive Officer of charity Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support Team Wales. Her work lead her to becoming children’s commissioner for Wales.

Meanwhile businesswoman Angela Burns, the former Conservative Senedd member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, who stepped down from the post in 2021, has been recognised for her political and public service.

Also in politics Llanelli Labour MP Nia Griffith becomes a Dame Commander, describing it as an “absolutely huge privilege”.

I have to say, I was absolutely astounded when I received the news,” she added.

Following on from the significant number of key workers recognised in last year’s honours, a number of health workers have been made MBEs again this year for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They include Andrew Rhys Howell, founder of BCB International which makes life-saving equipment for the frontline services and who converted a factory to produce hand sanitiser in March 2020, and then PPE.

Claire Aston, head of long-term complex care for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, has been recognised for her pandemic response in protecting the most vulnerable in society.

Swansea Bay University Health Board’s Director of Public Health Keith Reid and Consultant Physician Umakant Ramchandra Dave have also been recognised.

Others include Paul Wright, station manager at British Forces Broadcasting Service for services to the Armed Forces and Marcia-Yvette Hinkson-Gittens, founder of South Wales Black Police Association for her services to diversity in policing;.

Bee expert Nicola Bradbear is on the list for services to biodiversity while John Burns founder of Burns Pet Nutrition for services to business and community in West Wales is also honoured.

Lynne Sanders head of Swansea Women’s Aid for services to victims of domestic abuse and Emma Lewis chair of The Roots Foundation Wales for voluntary services to young people in Swansea were also recognised by the Queen.

Welsh Secretary Simon Hart said: “In this special Jubilee year, I am once again inspired by the stories of the many people from across Wales who have deservedly been recognised on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

“As well as honouring people who have excelled in sport and the arts, these awards celebrate individuals who selflessly give back to those around them, both through their work and personal lives.”

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