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Ron snaps up OBE
Ron Davies
Ron Davies never imagined he would appear in the honours
A photographer who has worked from his wheelchair for more than 50 years has been honoured in the New Year's Honours.

Veteran photographer Ron Davies, 82, from Aberaeron in Ceredigion, has been awarded an OBE for his services to photography in a career that stretches back to World War 2.

His career began as an official war photographer in the Far East.

Although confined to a wheelchair after a motorcycle accident in 1950 Mr Davies carried on with his career and became a successful press photographer for BBC, HTV, The Western Mail and a Welsh language weekly newspaper Y Cymro.

When the letter arrived and I saw HMSO on the top, I thought I'd won the premium bonds!
Ron Davies, OBE

Since 1979 he has held many one-man exhibitions of his work and in 2002 the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth held a major retrospective exhibition of his work to mark his 80th birthday.

"It came like a bolt out of the blue," said Mr Davies of his latest honour.

"When the letter arrived and I saw HMSO on the top, I thought I'd won the premium bonds!

"However, I was highly pleased and honoured when I read the letter, although I did think it was a leg-pull at first."

Mr Davies received one of Wales' top honours at the St David's National Eisteddfod in 2002 when he was accepted into the bardic circle.

"To a Welshman, the highest accolade would be to receive a cap for playing rugby or football for his country.

"But there's not much chance of me being able to do that," said Mr Davies, who discovered the magic of the dark room when he was an eight-year-old errand boy at a chemist's shop in Aberaeron.

"Receiving this OBE is a further honour which I was pleased to accept.

"I never imagined that a country lad like me would ever appear on an honours list like this."

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