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Welsh shine for Queen's honours
Stanley Thomas, Richard Brunstrom, Lynn Davies and Julien Macdonald
Stan Thomas, Richard Brunstrom, Lynn Davies and Julien Macdonald
Businessman Stanley Thomas, ex-Olympian Lynn Davies, and designer Julien Macdonald are among people from Wales honoured in the Queen's birthday list.

Mr Thomas, founder of Peter's Savoury Products that is famous for its meat pies, receives a knighthood.

Olympic champ Lynn Davies and fashion's Julien MacDonald are also honoured.

North Wales Police chief Richard Brunstrom, is honoured, along with a fish and chip shop founder, who is still working at the age of 98.

Multi-millionaire Sir Stanley Thomas, 64, chairman of the Noah's Ark Appeal and the NSPCC's Full Stop campaign in Wales, said he was "overwhelmed" and "delighted".

I am so proud that my achievements in the fashion industry over the last 10 years are being honoured and recognised
Julien Macdonald, OBE

Speaking from Cyprus, the retired businessman, who is originally from Merthyr Tydfil and a former owner of Cardiff International Airport, said his knighthood would not halt his charity work.

"I moved back to Wales earlier this year and as I have sold my businesses, it gives me a great deal more time to concentrate on my charity work," he said.

"I found out about the honour five weeks ago. Only my wife and I have known. Keeping it a secret from my family was one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do."

Fashion designer Julien MacDonald said he was "absolutely over the moon to be receiving an OBE".

The one-time Givenchy fashion director, 34, has dressed celebrities like Paris Hilton, Kylie Minogue and Joely Richardson. He won British Fashion Designer of the Year in 2001.

Julien Macdonald and Paris Hilton
Julien Macdonald's design have been worn by many top celebrities

"It's a dream come true and I am so proud that my achievements in the fashion industry over the last 10 years are being honoured and recognised in this way."

Macdonald, who has attracted criticism for using fur in his collections, said he would celebrate at a friend's wedding in "true Welsh style".

"My family thought I was lying when I told them!," he said.

"I'm very proud of where I come from. I went to a great Welsh school (Cyfarthfa High) and I thank them for my education and training which brought me where I am today."

Olympic gold medallist Lynn Davies has the CBE, for services to sport, particularly athletics.

The Nantymoel-born long jumper made headlines when he won the 1964 Olympic gold in Tokyo.

Speeding drivers

He also set the UK record of 8.23metres in 1968 and it remained intact for 34-years.

After retiring, Mr Davies became team manager of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team and led the side at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games.

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The university lecturer, 64, is an honorary vice president of the British Olympic Association and a member of the Sports Council for Wales.

North Wales Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom, who receives the Queen's Medal, has had a controversial five year career, being forced to apologise after calling homosexuals "queer" in an internal meeting.

Mr Brunstrom is also known for his determination to crack down on speeding drivers.

But he has been attacked for his views on drugs, which include advocating the decriminalisation of heroin, with addicts treated as patients.

Among the less well known on the honours list is 98-year-old Constance Brown, from Pembroke, who still works at the fish and chip shop she opened in 1928. She becomes an MBE.

"I don't know who nominated me, but I was delighted"

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