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Hughes heads Welsh honours
Mark Hughes and Mark Williams
Double honour: Mark Hughes and Mark Williams win recognition for Wales
The man credited with transforming the fortunes of the Wales football squad heads the list of those recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Wales manager Mark Hughes says his OBE is a reward for all the players, who just failed to make it to the Euro 2004 soccer tournament.

Elsewhere in the list, snooker player Mark Williams receives an MBE.

The pair lead the list of people who have been honoured for their contribution to public life.

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Ruth Hall, has been awarded the Order of the Bath, while Peter Harper, the former professor of medical genetics at the University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff, has been made a Knight Bachelor.

Mark Hughes said he was " fantastically proud" of his OBE.

We have changed the mind-set of people about Wales
Mark Hughes

He said it was for everyone involved in the Welsh squad " as well as the fans who have turned up in their tens of thousands to watch the team".

Hughes is in Portugal for the start of the Euro 2004 tournament which Wales so nearly reached - they lost out in a winner-takes-all play-off against Russia.

During his five-year tenure as manager, the Welsh team has risen steadily through the Fifa rankings.

On the way, they have celebrated some notable results, including a 2-1 win over Italy, a 1-0 victory over Germany and a 1-1 draw with Argentina.

"It has taken five long, hard years to get Wales to where they are now, but it could not have been done without the backing of my family, and all my staff and the players in the squad," said Hughes.

"We have changed the mind-set of people about Wales.

"Everybody who plays us now knows they have to be at the very top of their game to beat us - we are now a team that has earned respect".

A young lad from a little village of Cwm (south Wales) to get an award like this is an excellent achievement"
Mark Williams

Snooker's Mark Williams becomes an MBE just weeks after the birth of his and fiancée Jo Dent's first son Connor.

The 2000 and 2003 World Champion said: "It's great for me and my family".

"A young lad from a little village of Cwm (south Wales) to get an award like this is an excellent achievement".

A total of 64 people from all walks of life are honoured across Wales.

Gwent Police's Deputy Chief Constable Bryan Davies said he was "surprised and greatly honoured" by his Queen's Police Medal.

"I consider this not just as an award for myself but for the hard work, commitment and professionalism of colleagues, both paid and unpaid in Gwent Police," he said.

Also among those receiving OBEs are Dr Bhadravati Subbraya Dwrakana Sastry, a past vice president of the Indian Medical Association for services to medicine in south Wales.

And Derrick Price, the former mayor and town crier of Knighton, in Powys, gets the MBE for services to the community.


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