The Snowdon Mountain Railway has announced that Dame Shirley Bassey has been honoured at the North Wales Railway after they named a train carriage after her.
Dame Shirley travelled on the historic Welsh steam railway to Waterfall station, at the foot of Mount Snowdon, to unveil her carriage.
The carriage is named after her in honour to recognise Dame Shirley as an international ambassador for Wales and for her legendary music career, having been the first Welsh singer to get a number one in the charts, and the only artist to record three James Bond theme tunes.
The Cardiff-born singer becomes the fourth and final person to be recognised by the railway, the most recent person being the classical singer, Katherine Jenkins OBE in 2015.
What did the officials say?
Dame Shirley Bassey DBE said:
“I’m so grateful to Snowdon Mountain Railway for this unique honour.
“It’s been a privilege to entertain audiences around the world and help put Wales on an international stage.
“I’m proud of my Welsh roots and this honour keeps me forever connected to Wales and one of its most iconic locations.”
Dame Shirley was presented with a commemorative medal by Vince Hughes from Snowdon Mountain Railway, who said:
“The carriage naming recognises outstanding individuals in their field and we wanted to save the best ‘til last.
“I’m sure the other three won’t mind me saying that nobody’s done more to put Wales on the map than Dame Shirley.
“We’re truly thrilled that Dame Shirley agreed to come to Snowdon in person to accept the honour.”
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