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Friday, 14 June, 2002, 23:00 GMT 00:00 UK
Queen's birthday honours for Wales
Queen birthday honours graphic
One of Wales's longest-serving politicians, the former Labour MP Ted Rowlands, is among a diverse range commended in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours.

As well as politicians, there is recognition for contributions for a champion badminton player, scientists, doctors, teachers, nursery nurses and home helps.

Former Merthyr MP Ted Rowlands
Mr Rowlands was a former Foreign Office minister

Welsh, British, and Commonwealth No.1 badminton player Kelly Morgan, from Pontyclun, south Wales, receives an MBE.

The Commonwealth Gold Medal winner 1998 was a member of British Olympic squad 1996 and 2000 and is the holder of 110 Welsh International caps and Welsh national champion 10 times.

Ted Rowlands, the former MP for Merthyr Tydfil in the south Wales Valleys, has been awarded a CBE for services to the History of Parliament Trust.

Mr Rowlands served for a third of a century in the Commons - nine Parliaments and three Labour governments - after winning the Cardiff North seat at the age of 26.

Born in Porthcawl, a seaside town on the south Wales coast, he went on to become a Foreign Office minister.

Other figures in the world of politics include Presiding Officer of the Welsh Local Government Association Noel Crowley, awarded a CBE, and Jon Shortridge - Permanent Secretary to the National Assembly for Wales - who receives an Order of the Bath KCB.

In the field of science, Professor Chris Pollock, director at IGER (Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research) at Bow Street, near Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, is awarded a CBE for services to the environment.

Professor Chris Pollock
Professor Pollock: Environment work

Praising his colleagues, Professor Pollock said: "I am very pleased to receive this honour, which I regard as a reflection of the work of IGER as well as my own contribution. I look forward to continuing to work for agriculture and the environment in the future."

Professor Pollock, 54, lives in Bow Street and is married with two children.

Educated at Solihull school in Warwickshire, he went on to study at Trinity Hall in Cambridge, where he gained a masters degree in Botany and Birmingham University where he obtained his doctorate.

He is world renowned and has been research director at IGER and Honorary Professor, Institute of Biological Sciences at Aberystwyth since 1993.

Turning to the community, retired physiotherapist Kathleen Farrimond, 72, is awarded an MBE.

Kathleen Farrimond MBE
Kathleen Farrimond: Stroke victim support clubs

A pioneer of the stroke support worker - around 40 of whom are now established across the UK - Mrs Farrimond developed the idea after founding the Colwyn Bay Stroke Club two decades ago.

She saw the need for a dedicated professional to make home visits to help stroke sufferers and their family after the disabling condition had struck.

"Sometimes it's more difficult to live with stroke than it is to die of cancer.

"There is life after stroke for people, but they need every bit of help and support they can get," she added.

For the past 10 years she has worked training nursing home staff in caring and rehabilitating stroke patients.

"I've trained anyone who would listen, it's terribly important."

Care worker Betty Bevan, 65, of Pencoed, near Bridgend, received an MBE for 30 years service to the community.

"I do not think I have had a Christmas day off in 15 years!" she said.

"I do people's shopping, take their washing home, make their food, go in at weekends and Christmas."

Carl Palmer, a retired teacher from Roath Park, Cardiff has been awarded an MBE for his voluntary work with Marie Curie Cancer Care in Wales.

Mr Palmer became involved with Marie Curie when his wife was diagnosed with cancer and since her death in 1992 has raised over 300,000 for the charity.

Carl has visited over 270 schools in South Wales raising awareness and encouraging fundraising.

Carl is also a dedicated hospice volunteer and said of his honour: "I'm thrilled! This is for volunteers everywhere."


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