Friday, August 7, 1998 Published at 12:41 GMT 13:41 UK
Davies dons druid robes
Davies: Secretary of State and now druid
The Welsh Secretary, Ron Davies, has been made a druid in a special ceremony at the Welsh national Eisteddfod.
His official bardic title is "Ron o Vachen" which translates as "Ron of Machen", the village where Mr Davies was born.
For politicians, entry into the Gorsedd is a rare honour but Mr Davies was singled out for his work in steering through the government's devolution plans.
Mr Davies had played "a determined role at a crucial period in the history of Wales", said the citation read out by Eisteddfod official Huw Thomas.
"The assembly will be bilingual and the Welsh language will play a full part in its proceedings."
The Secretary of State is not a fluent Welsh speaker but is taking lessons.
The latest initiate into the Gorsedd of Bards has already said he wants to become First Minister of the assembly and a leadership contest takes place within the Wales Labour Party next month.
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