WALES: Personalities in line for bardic honour.
A HOST of Welsh personalities will be honoured today with the white robe Druidic Order of the National Eisteddfod's Gorsedd of Bards.
They include Welsh Assembly presiding officer Lord Dafydd Elis- Thomas, Dylan Thomas film star Matthew Rhys and Caernarfon Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams.
Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas will receive the white robe in recognition of his outstanding services as a leading politician over many years at a Gorsedd ceremony during the Cardiff National Eisteddfod in August.
The Gorsedd citation recognises Lord Elis-Thomas as a leading politician with an anti-conventional and independent view on many subjects.
It added: "He has gained the respect and admiration of his fellow Welshmen for his brightness, his ability, and penetration of his vision. As presiding officer he has established a lasting image of strength and dignity".
Lord Elis-Thomas said: "I was deeply moved to learn that this high honour was coming my way."
Matthew Rhys recently played fiery poet Dylan Thomas in the latest movie The Edge of Love and has been linked in love with actress Sienna Miller. His credit said: "The brightness of his performances on stage and in films places him as one of Wales' best actors."
MP Hywel Williams receives the honour marking his work as a former social worker and as a politician.
Others include Carol Parry Jones, who was brought up in Prestatyn. She receives the white robe for her vast contribution as a composer of light songs and the author of numerous scripts for both radio and television Gayn or Morgan Rees, of Denbigh, is honoured with the white robe as a leading actress who has appeared in many leading productions on stage and on television. She is described as being: "lively and unsparing within her community, also capturing the hearts of followers nationwide."
Elfyn Thomas, from Caernarfon, and Aled Edwards, born and raised in Trawsfynydd, were awarded the green robe for services to Wales.
Also honoured with the white robe are Bethan Bryn, Aberystwyth; Hazel Walford Davies, Aberystwyth; Professor Julian Hopkin, Swansea; Dr E Wyn James, Cardiff; Geraint Wyn Jones, Bangor; John Glyn Jones, Denbigh; John Gwynfor Jones, Cardiff; J Gareth Llewelyn, Cardiff; Dr David Raymond Owens, Cardiff; Sir Emyr Jones Parry, Cambridge; Tim Saunders, Cardiff, and Catrin Stevens, Casllwchwr.
Promoted from the greento the white robe, for outstanding service to both the Gorsedd and the Eisteddfod are: Janet Evans, Lampeter; Neli Jones, Pontrhydfendigaid; Rob Nicholls, Cardiff; Teifryn Rees, Felinfoel, and Anglesey born soloist Margaret Williams, Cardiff.
Recipients of the green robe for substantial service to Wales are Mallt Anderson, Cardiff; Rhiain Bebb, Machynlleth; Janine Wyn Davies, Pontrhydyfen; Sydney Gwendoline Davies, Glyn Ceiriog; Rev Aled Edwards, Cilfynydd; Caradog Evans, Yr Hendy; Tony Hodges, Cardiff; William Maldwyn James, Capel Bangor; Dewi Morris Jones, Bronant, Aberystwyht; Heather Jones, Cardiff; Rhian Jones, Llangwm; Roy Noble, Aberdare; John Price, Machynlleth; Bethan Smallwood, Llangwm; Elfyn William Thomas, Caernarfon; Myra Turner, Waunfawr, Caernarfon; and John Ellis Williams, Llanrug.
Lord DafyddEl is-Thomasand (in set clockwise from bottom Gaynor Morgan Rees, Mathew Rhysand Hywel Williamsall received robes