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As Ken Owens leads out the British and Irish Lions tomorrow morning, a flag will fly with pride some 12,000 miles away in a residential Carmarthen street.
It is being displayed on the home of Ken’s grandparents, former Carmarthen mayors Ken and Lorraine Maynard, who both passed away in recent years.
A popular man known throughout the area, Mr Maynard, who died last October aged 84, loved his rugby and was prouder than anyone when his grandson Ken came through the ranks at Carmarthen Athletic and matured into a world-class hooker for the Scarlets and Wales.
Tomorrow, as Ken leads out the Lions against the Blues at Auckland’s Eden Park, a flag will fly outside the Maynards' family home in Cadifor Street, Carmarthen.
Ken's grandparents, who lived on Cadifor Street in Carmarthen, would have been immensely proud of their grandson tomorroTown's pride as Ken Owens gets ready to lead out the Lions
“Although they’re not with us anymore I’m sure Ken and Lorraine Maynard would have been the proudest people in Carmarthen,” said Ken’s wife Carys in New Zealand.
“They will be looking down on Ken bursting with pride.”
Having served his national service in the RAF, Mr Maynard went on to work on the railways.
Along with serving as Carmarthen town mayor, he was also chairman of the former Dyfed County Council.
His close friend and former town councillor Richard Edwards commented on Mr Maynard’s death last October by saying: “He was a great man of Carmarthen, and the most inspirational figure of my life.”
Ken’s wife admitted that she and the rest of the family are still overwhelmed by the thought of the Scarlets and Wales hooker leading the Lions into battle.
“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind,” said Carys. “Firstly, the news that Ken was starting and then the unbelievable shock that he was going to be captain.
“I was out doing a bit of sightseeing with the family when I had a phone call from Ken. He asked me whether I was sitting down, and then said ‘Gats has asked me to be captain!’