TWO Vale of Clwyd men have been recognised in the Queens Birthday honours.

Philip Hughes, the director of Ruthin Craft Centre, has been made an MBE and John Williams, from Denbigh, has been awarded a British Empire Medal in recognition of the work he has done as a volunteer for learning disability charities.

The council issued a statement, congratulating the Mr Hughes.

Councillor Hugh Evans, Leader of Denbighshire, said: “The council is thrilled at the news that Philip has been awarded the MBE. He has made a significant contribution to the world of arts, especially at Ruthin Craft Centre.

“He is well- renowned for his experience in his field and has a global reputation for his wealth of experience and commitment.

“He was instrumental in the development of Ruthin Craft Centre in recent years and has attracted high profile commissions and exhibitions that has transformed Ruthin Craft Centre into the leading centre for the applied arts in Wales.

“We would like to offer our sincerest congratulations to Philip. He is a great ambassador for the Council, for the Craft Centre and the wider arts industry in Wales.”

Mr Williams who has been volunteering for almost half a century at Denbigh Gateway Club and the Mencap Society said he was delighted with his award.

He said: “I am very honoured it’s nice to be recognised and my family were over the moon .”“