A POPULAR author from Oswestry has been given a prestigious honour at one of Wales's biggest cultural events.

Poet Dave Andrews was admitted to the prestigious Gorsedd of Bards at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in a special ceremony recently.

It comes just a few days after Dave – author of ‘The Oswestry Round’ and ‘Wilfred Owen: Poet of Oswestry’ – published his 11th book, ‘Old Oswestry and other Sonnets’.

He admits he is delighted by the chance to be part of a long-established institution.

"It’s a tremendous honour, of course,’ said Dave who has published novels, short stories and poetry in both Welsh and English and has appeared on Welsh television and radio to discuss his books and also his articles on mountaineering.

"The Gorsedd is an ancient institution – a society of poets, authors, musicians, artists and others who have made a contribution to Welsh life and the Welsh language.

"It’s a real privilege to be invited to become a member.’

Dave has lived just outside Oswestry for 27 years, and is also an area co-ordinator for Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, a charity he has supported by running the London Marathon, organising concerts and publishing a number of books.

He added: "The honour has come at a good time, with my new book and all the royalties go to Lingen Davies Cancer Fund and Cancer Research UK. I hope the two charities will benefit."

The new book can also be bought direct from Dave by emailing him at dand103750@aol.com