Two outstanding individuals from Mid Wales have been named in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Machynlleth's Nick Sanders was awarded an MBE for services to Endurance Cycling and Motorcycling, while Thomas Evans from Beulah was also recognised with an MBE for services to Farming Heritage.

Noted motorcycle adventurer Mr Sanders was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year for Powys in 2017 and he is also Patron of Blood Bikes Wales and patron of Neuro-Support which is part of The Brain Charity. He also holds current world records for circumnavigation for the coast of mainland Britain by bicycle, which he completed in 22 days, as well as completing seven world circumnavigations by motorcycle, including two world records, the second time being in 19 days and 4 hours.

Mr Evans has been at the heart of his local Young Farmers’ Club and the Royal Welsh Show for over 30 years, teaching generations of future farmers sheep shearing and hedge-laying.

He has commentated on three World Championships and invited to commentate on sheep shearing events around the world as well as being selected as team manager for the Welsh shearing and wool handling team at the World championships in New Zealand in 2012.

His voluntary work includes his position as chairman of the trustees of the Cenfaes Trust, a local charity organisation for Llanwrtyd Wells and District, as well as being vice chairman of the Treflys Community Council

Marking the achievements of the recipients from Wales, Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said:

“I am delighted to congratulate and recognise the achievements of this year’s deserved recipients of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

“These honours highlight the outstanding achievements and hard work of incredible people across Wales who go above and beyond to better the lives of others.

“I am grateful for their commitment and dedication to communities all over Wales and would like to congratulate them all on their incredible accomplishments – you are an inspiration to us all.”