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Archdruid Dic Jones dies, aged 75

Tributes have been paid to Archdruid Dic Jones who passed away at the age of 75

One of Wales' most distinguished poets, the Archdruid Dic Jones, has died at the age of 75.

Mr Jones won the National Eisteddfod chair in 1966, and the Urdd Eisteddfod on five occasions while in his 20s.

A prolific poet, he was recognised as a master of the craft of cynghanedd, the strict metre of Welsh poetry.

Also known by his bardic name, Dic Yr Hendre, he had been due to lead Gorsedd ceremonies at this year's eisteddfod in Bala, but was too ill to attend.

He winning poem at the 1966 Eisteddfod in Aberavon, Y Cynhaeaf, (The Harvest) is considered one of the best.

Dic was one of the finest Welsh poets of the 20th Century and through his talent for cultivating words, as he cultivated his land, he succeeded in keeping close to his people and his place
Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones AM

He was chosen to be Archdruid two years ago, and was in charge of the Gorsedd ceremonies at last year's event in Cardiff.

He was too ill to fulfil his duties at this year's event in Bala a fortnight ago.

Mr Jones was retired from farming the 85 acres (35 hectares) he owned in Ceredigion.

Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones said the news was "very sad"

"He was missed on the Eisteddfod Maes in Bala and I'm sure that the awards received by writers from Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire was a source of pride for him.

"Dic was one of the finest Welsh poets of the 20th Century and through his talent for cultivating words, as he cultivated his land, he succeeded in keeping close to his people and his place."



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