South West Wales

Max Boyce picks up award a month after heart surgery

Max Boyce Image copyright University of Wales Trinity St David
Image caption Wales cap - Max Boyce said he was 'genuinely proud' to receive the fellowship

Comedian and singer Max Boyce has picked up a university honour a month after serious heart surgery.

"No one is more glad to be here today than me," he said after his honorary fellowship award at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea.

Boyce added: "Just four weeks ago I had a quadruple heart bypass operation.

"It's not a bad thing really as I wouldn't have fitted into this cap and gown a few weeks ago."

The entertainer joked: "I don't know what I look like but I feel like the Sheriff of Nottingham in this outfit."

He had an operation after going to see his doctor as he had been unwell for a few months.

Boyce, 70, lives in his home town of Glynneath with his wife Jean and was awarded the freedom of the borough earlier this year.

He rose to fame in the 1970s with his songs about Wales and the country's love for rugby.

He has sold more than two million albums worldwide and the BBC celebrated his recent milestone birthday with an hour-long tribute show.

The university said the award reflected Boyce's "enduring popularity and the unique affection in which he is held by both young and old alike".

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