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Celebrated eisteddfod poet dies

John Roderick Rees
John Roderick Rees was a retired school teacher

Renowned Welsh poet John Roderick Rees has died, aged 89.

Mr Rees, from Penuwch, near Tregaron, Ceredigion, won the National Eisteddfod crown, awarded for the best free verse on a given subject, on two occasions.

He was one of only two poets since World War II to win the crown twice in succession - in 1984 in Lampeter and in Rhyl in 1985.

Mr Rees was a retired teacher and had taught Welsh at Tregaron Secondary School.

He was also a prominent figure in Welsh Cob circles.

Chief executive of the National Eisteddfod Elfed Roberts said: "I met him (Mr Rees) on a number of occasions and he was quite a reserved man, but he also struck me as a man who loved Ceredigion.

"He was born and bred there and later became a teacher in the county, then he retired to farm.

"He came over as a person who loved his part of Wales."

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