Welsh Monty Python star and Olympian set for Bangor University honours

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Geraint Jones

AN OLYMPIC champion and a Monty Python star are to be honoured by Bangor University.

Terry Jones and two-time Olympic gold medal wining rower Tom James will be awarded honorary fellowships of Bangor University.

Dr David Roberts, Bangor University registrar, said: "Bangor University has a strong tradition of recognising the achievements of various men and women in different walks of life.

“This year is no exception, and we look forward to awarding Honorary Fellowships.”

Jones is known to millions as part of the legendary comic team with John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam.

2011 world rowing champion James, who was raised in Coedpoeth near Wrexham, took Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012.

St Asaph-born composer Paul Maelor, who has a home on Anglesey, will be honoured for his services to music, which include penning the hit Wherever You Are for the Military Wives and a composition for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Others to be honoured include Sain Records founder Huw Jones; Theatr Clwyd director Terry Hands; diplomat and Bangor graduate Patrick Holdich; Hay Festival founder Dr Peter Florence; and Dr Lyn Evans, who was head of the Large Hadron Collider project in Switzerland.

Professor Mark Williams, a clinical psychologist, classical harpist Ann Griffiths and Eric Hepburn, British Consul General in Washington will also receive honorary fellowships.

Dr Roberts added: “Our Fellows will add great distinction and glamour to the ceremonies at which we also recognise the achievements of our students,"
 

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