Celebrating our Davids on St David’s Day

To celebrate St David’s Day, we spoke to some of the great Davids and Dafydds of the Wales Millennium Centre about what makes them proud to be Welsh. Whether it’s cawl, cwtches, or belting out Calon Lan, there’s plenty to love about the land of song.

Here’s what they had to say…

Name: Daf James
Job title: Composer for Tiger Bay

What makes you proud to be Welsh?

That we have our own distinct beautiful language and incredibly rich culture, which has survived against all odds.

Who is your Welsh icon and why?

Am I allowed to say my parents? They’re very Welsh and rather wonderful; and did more for me and my Welshness than any celebrity.

What does St David’s Day mean to you? 

It’s my birthday! And my name’s Dafydd, welsh for David, and I was born in St David’s Hospital, so basically I’m so Welsh, I think they should consider cancelling my fare to cross the Severn Bridge.

Name: David Mahoney
Job title: Producer / Creative and Musical Director

What makes you proud to be Welsh?

I love the passion of our country and how we get behind everything we do, always delivering so much more than we should for such a small nation, whether it’s sport, enterprise or culture. There’s nowhere else that I’d prefer to call home!

Who is your Welsh icon and why?

There are so many to choose from, but for me it’s got to be those who have put Wales firmly on the international musical map. Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey – nobody comes close to them!

What does St David’s Day mean to you?

There’s never a day that we shouldn’t be immensely proud of our nation, but St David’s Day has always been an opportunity to fly the flag even higher than usual. It’s a day to celebrate, shout from the roof tops and tell the world why there’s simply no better place than the land of song!

 

Name: David Pearce
Job title:  Strategic Director

What makes you proud to be Welsh?

The immense feeling of pride that comes from everything is Welsh, from hearing the first bars of the national anthem to seeing our nation’s flag flying high, to the smell of our beautiful countryside.

Who is your Welsh icon and why?    

Aneurin Bevan, for having the foresight and ability to inspire the country to create the welfare state which is the envy of the world.

What does St David’s Day mean to you?  

A time to celebrate being Welsh and a day to remember what a great talent we have in Wales.

Name: David Horgan

Job title: Customer Operations Manager

What makes you proud to be Welsh?

The passion of Welsh people and my Welsh heritage, also seeing my son use the welsh language.

What do you love about Wales?

Singing in the Welsh language and being able to use the language everyday in my work.

Who is your Welsh icon and why?

Apart from Nessa from Gavin & Stacey and the Welsh rugby team, Tom Jones. I think he is just great and having met him I could listen to his historical stories all day and listen to him sing.

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