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MBE for lifeboat station founder
Aran Morris
Aran Morris helped set up the lifeboat station in 1966
A Dunkirk veteran, inspired by his wartime Royal Navy experiences to set up a lifeboat station in Ceredigion 40 years ago, has been awarded an MBE.

Aran Morris, 88, from Borth near Aberystwyth, has been recognised in the New Year's Honours list for services to maritime safety.

Mr Morris said memories of stranded sailors in the Arctic during World War II had inspired him.

He is still vice-president of Borth's lifeboat station.

Mr Morris, who served in the evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk in 1940, the D-Day landings four years later and in the Pacific, said one particular experience had been a key motivation.

I didn't want anyone in Borth to go through the sort of things I had experienced
Aran Morris

"I didn't want anyone in Borth to go through the sort of things I had experienced and seen," said Mr Morris.

"I remember one incident in the Arctic while serving on the Russian convoys.

"I served on a near 2,000-tonne destroyer and we had just sunk a German U-boat. I remember looking at one submariner and he was staring at me and we knew he was going to drown.

"I remember the temperature being minus 31 degrees, 100mph winds and 30ft - 40ft (9m - 12m) waves."

Picton Jones with a dark Brahma male
Picton Jones with a dark Brahma male

Mr Morris said he pressed for the lifeboat station because it used to take rescuers about 20 minutes to sail to Borth from nearby Aberystwyth and Aberdyfi during an emergency.

"I am over the moon and very proud," added Mr Morris, who also holds the RNLI's gold medal with bar for service to the institution.

Mr Morris also served as a coastguard for the Borth area and established the local cliff rescue team.

  • There was also an MBE for veteran Ceredigion poultry breeder Picton Jones.

    "Pic," who farms near Lampeter, helped revive interest in the rare Brahma breed, which was almost extinct 21 years ago.

    He has been a poultry producer for 60 years, won his first show at the age of 10 and started as a judge at 17.

    "Poultry has been my life and I am extremely proud and thrilled to receive the honour." said Mr Jones.

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