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Queen honours blind pianist
John Davies
John Davies met the Queen at a garden party

A talented blind teenager has met the Queen at Buckingham Palace to recognise his remarkable talent as a pianist and his tireless work for charity.

John Davies, 16, from Treaddur Bay, Anglesey, who was born blind, was a special guest at a garden party hosted at the palace because of his ability to learn and play any music he hears in a matter of days.

John was also being acknowledged for the thousands of pounds he has raised for charity using his gift.

He first discovered his ability by accident when he began playing on a keyboard at a friend's house when he was three.

John is now devoted to using his talent to raise money for a variety of good causes.

He admitted the invitation came "as a bit of a shock, but I feel really excited."

His grandmother Eileen Dewhurst was proud of John's achievements and said he had had a tough life.

She said: "He's been in and out of hospital and he's got severe cleft palate as well as being blind. He's had a lot of hospital treatment but he always says, 'There are people less fortunate than me'."

John plans to take a diploma in music and, as a lover of dance music, he dreams of becoming a DJ.

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