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SINGER Aled Jones said he was "deeply honoured" after being named in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

The Bangor-born former teenage choirboy has been awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to music and broadcasting.

The 42-year-old, who grew up in Llandegfan, Anglesey, has been a household name for 25 years with six million album sales under his belt and a spot as an anchor on ITV's Daybreak.

Having started his musical career at Bangor Cathedral, Jones found fame aged 12 with his top five hit Walking In The Air, written for the animated movie The Snowman.

He went on to perform for the Queen and sang at the wedding of Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates before studying at the Royal Academy Of Music and taking the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

He said: "I'm delighted and deeply honoured to be recognised.

I've been really lucky to have worked with amazing people during my time in the music and TV industry, and now have the privilege to wake the nation up on Daybreak every morning."

Many others from North Wales were awarded honours, including a couple who have been foster carers for 25 years, a beekeeper, a nurse, a headteacher and police constable. Alice and David Oldfield from Flintshire were rewarded with MBEs for dedicating their lives to caring for children in the county. Back in 2008 the couple were presented with long service awards by Flintshire County Council for reaching the milestone of 20 years as foster carers.

Another Flintshire recipient of an MBE is community champion Mavis Thelma Crofts, recognised for voluntary service to the Saltney Ferry area.

Elsewhere, Kathleen Mary Jones, of Holywell, headteacher at St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Wrexham, was named for services to education in Wales, while David William Millington from Wrexham, chair of corporation at Salford City College, also received an MBE for services to further education.

Elizabeth Stanton, of Flint, a Police Constable at Cheshire Constabulary, has been recognised with an MBE for services to policing. She worked for many years as a schools liaison officer and safer schools and young persons' officer.

Rhyl's Shirley Irene Logan, a palliative care clinical nurse specialist at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, was honoured with an MBE for her services to palliative care.

Irene, who has worked at the hospital since it opened in 1980, said: "I was really surprised to get the letter as I work with so many people who would be equally deserving."

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, economic adviser to the Welsh Conservative Party and a Daily Post columnist, was awarded an OBE for public and political service. The 47-year-old, from Pwllheli and now living in Cardiff, said: "It was completely unexpected - I was very surprised and very honoured. "I've been writing about trying to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in the Welsh economy for over a decade - hopefully this award reflects the benefits of that." Beekeeper Martin Shaw, 78, from Dwyran, Anglesey, receives an OBE for services to what he describes as his "hobby gone mad". The retired research ecologist who has built up an immunity to bee venom, is technical officer for the Anglesey Beekeepers' Association (ABKA). He lectures and writes widely about bees. He said one reason he accepted the award was that he saw it as an award for beekeeping in general.

Also recognised with MBEs were Elizabeth Mary Perrin, of Llandudno, for voluntary service to carers in the region, and Pennaenmawr's Deborah Ann Sharples, activity development officer at UK-wide Anchor Housing.

Dr Shyam Sunder Patiar, from Llandudno, a consultant at Coleg Llandrillo Cymru where he was a lecturer for over 40 years before becoming its director, was awarded an MBE for services to hospitality and catering vocational education.

Icing on cake of memorable year for Adele SKYFALL singer Adele has added another award to her fast-growing collection as she receives an MBE in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

The 25-year-old, (below) who found worldwide fame after a friend posted her demo on MySpace in 2006, already has a bulging trophy cabinet, from Brit Awards to Grammys, and most recently an Oscar for her James Bond song.

The singer, whose full name is Adele Adkins, became a mother in October, and tops off an eventful year with an MBE for services to music.

Tony Robinson, famed for his role as long-suffering Baldrick in the Blackadder series, trumps co-star Rowan Atkinson with a knighthood for public and political service. Atkinson, who starred in last year's Olympics opening ceremony, gets a CBE for services to drama and charity.

MBEs also go to singer-songwriter PJ Harvey, as well as comedian Rob Brydon, (left) actor, director and playwright David Haig, and Chocolat author Joanne Harris.

Sports presenter Clare Balding, widely praised for her coverage of London's Olympic and Paralympic Games, gets an OBE for services to broadcasting and journalism. Golfer Paul Lawrie also receives the award.


Alice and David Oldfield have been foster parents for 20 years

Mavis Crofts (top), Dr Shyam Patiar (above) and PC Elizabeth Stanton

Aled Jones: 'I'm delighted and deeply honoured,' he said of his MBE
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Date:Jun 15, 2013
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