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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 December, 2003, 06:48 GMT
OBEs for politician and festival director
Shan Wilkinson
Shan Wilkinson says she is "thrilled" with the honour
A politician and the former chair of Llangollen's International Musical Eisteddfod have both been awarded OBE's in the New Year Honours.

Shan Wilkinson, Leader of Wrexham Council said her mother will be "thrilled" by the OBE but she is not sure how her three children will react.

The 53-year-old councillor has received the award for services to local government.

And Gethin Davies, chairman at the Llangollen eisteddfod for 11 years, gets his OBE for services to music and to international relations.

Mrs Wilkinson said she has no idea who nominated her.

I'm very delighted and I'm very pleased that the eisteddfod has been recognised
Gethin Davies OBE recipient

"The fact that it says services for local government makes me wonder if it's someone from the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) or the Local Government Association (LGA), or it could be a local thing, someone in Wrexham," she said.

"I got a letter about four weeks ago saying you've been nominated and there was a tick box underneath.

"I ticked the box to say I was interested and posted it back."

The politician, who works as a librarian, said she has been able to keep the honour a secret from most of her family.

"Only my husband knows at the moment, my mum will be absolutely thrilled [but] my children will probably give me a hard time," she said.

"We've got a couple of OBE's on the council already so I'm not going to be the only one there."

Mrs Wilkinson said she is delighted to receive the OBE and would never have dreamed of turning it down.

Llangollen Eisteddfod
Llangollen Eisteddfod attracts thousands of visitors

"If you get a pat on the back you should accept it," she said.

"Hand on heart, I didn't think twice, I was thrilled, it never occurred to me that I would turn it down."

Gethin Davies, who lives in Llangollen, said his OBE is not just for him but all volunteers who help every year to stage the town's international eisteddfod which attracts competitors from around the world.

"I'm very delighted and I'm very pleased that the eisteddfod has been recognised," the 64-year-old said.

"We work hard here. I'm one of hundreds of people who've worked hard."

Mr Davies has been involved with the eisteddfod since 1951. He was made vice chairman in 1982 and he took over the role as chairman ten years later.

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