ROBERT ALUN EVANS has passed away aged 86.
The legendary BBC football commentator was a pioneer, becoming the first broadcaster to commentate for a Wales international in Welsh in 1977.
Prior to that Evans was a presenter and reporter for BBC Wales’ Heddiw news and current affairs programme.
He would go on to create history by commentating in Welsh for a match against Scotland.
Tributes have poured in for the legendary broadcaster, who also worked as head of broadcasting at the BBC in Bangor.
A fellow reporter said of Evans following his death: “Sad to hear about the death of R Alun Evans. An excellent broadcaster, a gentle and thoughtful man, he greatly influenced me.
“I had the opportunity for work experience from him at the beginning of my career, and I am forever grateful to him. Remembering fondly the fine journalist and broadcaster R Alun Evans.”
Another person added: “Non-Welsh speaking followers may have gleaned that someone substantial has left us.
“R. Alun Evans was a brilliant broadcaster in both languages, in Welsh he was without peer. He said it is a privilege to broadcast.”
A third said: “R Alun Evans was modern in his vision, and our conversations were always an opportunity to step back and consider his ideas and opinions. We will miss his lovely affection and closeness.”
And another commented: “Very sad to hear about the death of R. Alun Evans. No one could lead an Eisteddfod as he was able to do. He could fill any gap with his knowledge and dignity and his unique voice. He will be greatly missed.”
Evans had a lifelong association with the National Eisteddfod and the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
He was married to wife Rhiannon for over 60 years and they had two children together – Rhys and Betsan.