Tributes have been paid to broadcaster, folk singer and Welsh language activist Dr Meredydd Evans whose death has been announced. As reported in the Welsh Daily Post newspaper: 'Known as Merêd he was a collector, editor, historian and notable performer of folk music of Wales written in the Welsh language. His award-winning recordings of his own unaccompanied vocal performances and his published editions in collaboration with his American-born wife Phyllis Kinney have helped to preserve Welsh musical legacy and promote it world-wide.'
In later years he became a senior figure in Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (The Welsh Language Society). Jamie Bevan, chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith said: “Wales has lost a giant today. Merêd was a committed campaigner for the Welsh language and was an advocate of non-violent direct action. Without doubt, he was one of the dearest people known and his love for the language and culture inspired a whole nation.
“Without him, we would not be enjoying some of the gains for the Welsh language, especially the Welsh language channel, S4C, the Welsh Language Act and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.
“He was also a teacher and gave his time and support to young campaigners and was always ready to help so that aims could be achieved.”