Police chief joins druids

The Sun
Aug. 12, 2006

A CONTROVERSIAL police chief known as "the godfather of the speed camera" today became a druid.

North Wales Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom, famed for his dislike of speeding drivers, joined an order of Welsh bards at the National Eisteddfod.

But even the Gorsedd’s most senior members are not exempt from Mr Brunstrom’s speed cameras.

Archdruid Selwyn Iolen, who presided over today’s ceremony, got a ticket from when he was rushing home to see the second half of a football match.

“Forget the three points, that’s what he told me,” the Archdruid said.

“I don’t think he meant it though - or he would get the sack.”

But Eisteddfod-goers can now address Mr Brunstrom as Spider, which is a pun on the Welsh phrase for chief constable - prif gwnstabl.

Mr Brunstrom, 52, has been learning Welsh for five years and said he was “extremely proud” to receive the honour.

As a member of the highest rank Mr Brunstrom got a white robe at the ceremony.

He said: “It’s finding the time to practise the language that’s hard.

“I don’t think my wife understands it though - she doesn’t speak Welsh. She’s not interested.”

Druid details...
# Membership of the Gorsedd of Bards is the highest honour bestowed by the annual Welsh language festival.
# Gorsedd members wear green, blue or white according to their standing.
# Famous druids include the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.
# The order was invented by stonemason Edward Williams in 1792 on Primrose Hill, London.

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