Anne Delighted after Sir Tom Gets the Knighthood She Fought For

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Anne Delighted after Sir Tom Gets the Knighthood She Fought For


A NORTH Wales woman who spearheaded Sir Tom Jones' knighthood campaign last night told of her delight at the superstar singer's award.

Ann Hughes, of Nefyn, got her wish on Saturday when the rock 'n' roller from Pontypridd was knighted in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.

The 64-year-old gran claims to be Tom's biggest fan.

She has been campaigning for more than five years to see her hero, who enjoyed huge hits with Delilah and Green, Green Grass of Home, knighted.

Ann, who lives with husband Dafydd, repeatedly wrote to the Home Office and the Welsh Assembly nominating her idol.

She even took a banner to his 65th birthday celebration concert in Pontypridd in June last year which read: "Good luck with your knighthood, Tom."

Last night Ann, who has 15 grandchildren living in North Wales and Warrington, said she now hoped to meet Sir Tom.

She said: "I think it's wonderful and it's well-deserved. I'd just love to be able to tell him that myself."

She said she called Tom's US office after learning of his award and left a message to congratulate him.

"I said I was over the moon that he had won it. He does know that I've done more than anyone to get him this knighthood -anyone can logo on to a petition and sign their name but I've done it off my own back and I would never have given up trying to get it for him. …

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