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Cardiff roadsweeper Charles Alloway
"I was ecstatic"
 real 28k

Saturday, 30 December, 2000, 16:28 GMT
New Year's Honours for Wales
Police Constable Raimondo Zavaglia MBE
Police Constable Raimondo Zavaglia MBE
The work of a former paratrooper turned community constable in one of Cardiff's most disadvantaged areas, has been commended in the New Year's Honours.

Raimondo Zavaglia - who formerly worked as a youth liaison officer in the docks area of the city - has been made an MBE for his "tireless" work both on and off-duty.


PC Zavaglia MBE: Dedicated to young people

A former soldier in the Coldstream Guards and paratrooper, Mr Zavaglia is well-known throughout the capital for dedicating himself to the welfare of young people in his ethnically-diverse community.

In total, he has received seven chief constable's commendations for police work - five for actions while off duty.

Besides his personal involvement, the father-of-three has raised over 250,000 for children's charities and young people in south Wales.

Sustaining Wales's world-wide renown for male voice choirs, the musical director of the famous Swansea-based Morriston Orpheus Choir has also been made an MBE.

Anglesey-born conductor Alwyn Humphreys - the only north Walian to ever hold the post - has toured with the choir for the last 21 years.

Alwyn Humphreys MBE
Male Voice: conductor Alwyn Humphreys
He had led the choir to Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Poland, the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, where he received five standing ovations at the Sydney Opera House.

"Over 65 years, the Orpheus has been proud to be representative of the great Welsh male choral tradition, to have been ambassadors of song for Wales all over the world, and to have helped raise millions of pounds for charity," he said.

Former royal nanny, Tiggy Legge-Bourke has been made a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO).

Referred to by her married name of Mrs Alexandra Pettifer, the 35-year-old - whose family are from Abergavenny, south Wales - helped comfort princes William and Harry following the death of the Princess of Wales in 1997.

And moving from the royal household to the city streets, a Cardiff road sweeper has been made an MBE.

Tiggy Legge-Bourke
Ex-royal nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke
Charles Alloway, 57, who has been sweeping the streets in the Llandaff area for the last ten years of his 22-year career with Cardiff Council, thought the letter informing him of his MBE was a joke.

He had been nominated by residents and Mr Alloway, from Llantwit Major in the Vale of Glamorgan, was convinced it was a practical joke.

"But then my wife pointed out that it was genuine, I just started shaking. I couldn't believe it," he said.

Every working day, the country and western music enthusiast rises in the early hours to feed his eight horses and is out on the streets for 0800GMT sharp.

"Charles is a real character and we are very proud of him," said Llandaff resident Lisbeth David.

"He really looks after the area. The whole community knows and admires him."

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