Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart has praised people from Wales who have received awards in this year’s New Year’s Honours list.
The list recognises the work and achievements of a wide range of remarkable people across the United Kingdom from all backgrounds.
Recipients from Wales in 2021 include people who have worked on the front line of the Covid-19 pandemic, familiar names from the world of sport and volunteers who have given up their time to help others.
Expressing his heartfelt thanks for their “inspiring achievements” Mr Hart congratulated all of those receiving awards.
Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart said:
In what has been an extraordinarily challenging year, it is vital that we recognise and praise the inspiring achievements of some truly remarkable people.
These awards celebrate the people who are the mainstays of communities across Wales, selflessly giving back to those around them through their work and their personal lives.
I am delighted to see a whole host of Welsh recipients from all walks of life recognised for their commitment to charity, sport, education and – during a global pandemic – some amazing work in the fight against Covid-19.
I’d like to extend my gratitude to each person honoured for their efforts. Congratulations to everyone receiving an honour.
Among those in Wales receiving awards, were former Swansea City and Wales footballer Alan Curtis who received an MBE for his services to football, Dr Tamas Szakmany, who was awarded an MBE for his services to the NHS in Wales during the Covid-19 pandemic, charity fundraisers Brian Frederick Keylock and Lorna Keylock of Brecon who received BEMs and North Wales-based Professor Laurence Alison who was awarded an MBE for services to critical incident handling and to the NHS during the pandemic.