A TRIBUTE has been paid to a well known former Cardigan veterinary surgeon who died recently at the age of 65.

Wyn Lewis – known to many as ‘Wyn the vet’ during his time with Cardigan-based Priory Vets - died of complications following an operation.

Mr Lewis, whose family farmed at Treprior, Tremain, played for Cardigan RFC and in 1985 was founder of the award-winning choir Ar ôl Tri.

The choir enjoyed success at the national Esiteddfod and Llangollen International Eisteddfod

At a meeting of Cardigan Town Council, Cllr Graham Evans paid tribute to Mr Lewis.

“He was well known in the community and his death is a great loss to the choir and the whole of the area,” said Cllr Evans.

"Were it not for Wyn establishing this small group known as Ar ôl Tri many years ago, I would have missed out on many travels and musical experiences.

"Over the past three decades and more, the party expanded into a choir of up to 35 members: competing regularly in Cardigan’s Gwyl Fawr, enabling us to compete in the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and in the Welsh National Eisteddfod - where Wyn led us to 11 first prizes in the male voice choir section - quite an achievement for such a small choir.

"The loss of Wyn is devastating for his family and leaves a huge gap in choral singing in West Wales. He will be particularly missed by us boys - not only for conducting us on stage but also for leading the “after-match” for which we are renowned."

Mr Lewis is survived by his wife, Lucy, and daughters Sioned and Megan.