Two local residents have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List published at midnight tonight.
International Opera Star Bryn Terfel (51) who comes originally from Pant Glas in Caernarfonshire.
He now becomes ‘Sir Bryn Terfel Jones CBE’ on receiving a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours for his services to music over a distinguished career which has spanned 25 years.
Sir Bryn (51) moved to Penarth about four years ago and, although in world-wide demand, he has supported a number of local cultural events in the town. He is also the president of homeless charity Shelter Cymru and patron of Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales.
Wales’s newest musical knight will be particularly looking forward to 2017 as his girlfriend – the Prince of Wales’s former official harpist Hannah Stone (29) – is expecting a baby in the Spring . The child will be his fourth and her first.
Hannah Mills – who with her partner Saskia Clark – won a gold medal for sailing at the 2016 Brazil Olympics – has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
Heather – who is spearheading Penarth Lifeboat’s fundraising drive to replace the existing D Class lifeboat – comes from Dinas Powys and developed her competitive sailing talents at Penarth Yacht Club and at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club.
On Friday January 20th Hannah will be taking part in a Volvo Sailing event “An Evening with Hannah Mills” at Howell’s School, at Llandaff, Cardiff – part of the proceeds of which will be going to the RNLI.