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Chip shop owner's badge of honour
The MBE lapel badge
Constance Brown wearing her MBE lapel badge
A 99-year-old fish shop owner made an MBE in June is one of the first in the UK to sport a new lapel badge which she wears to work every day.

Constance Brown of Pembroke says her medal is too cumbersome for the kitchen but the badge does not get in the way.

People in south west Wales now eligible to buy one after today's announcement include sheep farmer George Hughes of Carmarthen, who receives an MBE.

Gwaen-cae-Gurwen born rugby legend Gareth Edwards becomes a CBE.

Another figure from the world of sport Dr Hedydd Davies of Carmarthen Harriers Athletics Club was appointed an MBE.

Mr Davies, who represented Wales in the Commonwealth Games is a past president of the Welsh Athletics Association and founded the Carmarthen Mayor's Race over 25 years ago.

Charity workers and business people from the region were also well represented.

Buckingham Palace

Dilys Hanmer, president of the Pembroke and District Committee for Macmillan Cancer relief was made an MBE as was Fishguard's Eileen Bairstow for services to the Pembrokeshire Counselling Service.

Paramedic supervisor with the Swansea based air ambulance Aneurin Heath and Clive Bennett, chief executive at the city's DVLA, were also recognised.

Constance Brown in the family fish and chip shop
Constance Brown picked up her MBE earlier this month

Farmer Mr Hughes appointed an MBE for his services to the sheep industry in Wales, founded Europe's largest multi-breed ram sales.

"We've shown that it's possible for a group of producers to go and make a good sale - now the number of sales held around the country is incredible."

Mrs Brown, who collected her MBE at Buckingham Palace earlier this month said they all had a memorable day.

"It was a big experience for me and a wonderful day," she said.

"I've worked here 78 years now and I was shocked when I was told I was getting such an honour."

But she said the medal she received from the Queen was too big and not something she would wear everyday.

So she wears the new style lapel badge to work, which have only just been made available, as reminder.

"It's beautiful. It's a really big honour," she added.


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