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Simon Weston

Simon Weston

Simon Weston joined the Welsh Guards at the age of 16. In 1982, he was on the ship, the RFA Sir Galahad, just off the Falkland Islands, when it was set on fire by the enemy. Simon survived with terrible burns. He now works for the charity he set up, Weston Spirit.

Where do you come from?
I was born in the Nelson ward of the Caerphilly Miners' Hospital - the same ward where all my three of my children were born. Both my parents were in the RAF so I spent some of my childhood in Singapore before we moved back to Nelson. I now live in Cardiff.

Why do you want learn Welsh?
Because I can't speak it and sometimes I feel slightly left out when I'm with friends who are Welsh speakers. Not speaking Welsh is one of my biggest regrets.

Does anyone else in your family speak Welsh?
My cousins do. They spoke Welsh before they spoke English.

What's your favourite word in Welsh?
I've never really thought about it.

What's your favourite place in Wales?
There are lots of wonderful places. The contrast between the bare hills and the woodland around Brecon is beautiful. The Welsh coastline is also wonderful. I love all the nature of Wales.

What are your hobbies?
Because I'm a dad, I enjoy watching my younger son who's 13 play rugby. I also like going to the cinema and listening to music. My taste is eclectic - a mixture of classical, blues and jazz.

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