A six-time North Wales professional champion in dry stone walling, Caernarfon-based master craftsman Sean has been awarded a BEM for “services to dry stone walling”.

He said: "It came as a complete surprise - but I suppose everyone says that! 

"My partner had seen the envelope and was urging me to open it - I was more interested in the DIY parcels that had arrived; I didn't even notice 'The Cabinet Office' on the envelope, and probably I wouldn't have twigged even if I had!   

"I'm amazed that enough people nominated me, and even more amazed that The Honours Committee thought the nomination worthy of something. 

"I'm certain there are others in the area more deserving than myself but haven't been fortunate enough to have been nominated in the first place. 

"I still think I'm dreaming and waiting for someone to reveal it's all a joke!"

This article appeared in the 30th of December 2023 edition of The Journal

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