THE man known as the Welsh Elvis was “all shook up” after hearing he was among two people from the Chronicle area named in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

The Reverend Wynne Roberts from Bangor has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his charitable services.

Former RAF serviceman and company director David ‘Dai’ Lewis Lloyd-Evans has also been awarded the BEM for services to his community, Y Fron, near Caernarfon.

Since the news broke, Wynne has hit the headlines and is now gaining thousands of new fans.

The 58-year-old was honoured after raising over £250,000 for charities, including those helping people with dementia and cancer.

He performs fundraising concerts and is a popular entertainer at care homes.

He said: “I’m amazed by all the attention. I’ve been all over the media and had thousands of messages. I’m definitely all shook up!

“ I can’t even go to Tesco without people recognising me, but I’m only the tip of the iceberg, it is the people behind it all, the people who buy tickets for my shows who should be thanked, they are the ones who raise the money.

"I’d like to thank Elvis too, it’s his fantastic music that has allowed me to sing.”

Wynne’s fundraising helped set up the Dementia Sensory Garden at Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital. He conquered his fear of heights to sing on Snowdon’s summit raising cash for the Love Hope Strength Foundation which helps people with cancer.

He has also raised over £8,000 for Marie Curie, Tenovus Cancer Care as well as cash for dementia charities.

Wynne discovered his talent helping dementia patients after visiting his late mother who was in a care home.

When he sang to her she related to the music and her lost memories were re-awakened.

He added: “When I sing Elvis songs like The Wonder of You, they seem to resonate with people, the words are beautiful.

"I hope the songs I sing give people strength.”

Dai Lloyd-Evans 76, was in the RAF for 23 years before moving to Y Fron in 2003.

Thanks to his efforts, Y Fron now has a £1.1 million community owned and run centre which employs five staff.

He created a website for the village, formed and led Y Fron Development Group, gained funding to revamp a children’s playground, was instrumental in applying for grants to create a village green, a flat playing/football field and footpaths.

He led the conversion of a school into a community space with accommodation wing, storage for outdoor equipment, rooms for hire, shop and cafe and created a commercially viable enterprise for the village.

David, known as “Dai,” said: “I’m chuffed to bits to get the award, when it arrived I thought it was a letter from the VAT man!

“It started when Llandwrog community council encouraged us to form a village committee.

"I’m being honoured, but an extraordinary amount of the work has been done by other people over the years.

"It’s a community team effort.”