Former Wales and British Lions star Peter Morgan suffered stroke before going on holiday
10:33am Wednesday 8th August 2012 in News
The Chairman of Pembrokeshire County Council is recovering in hospital after suffering a stroke.
Cllr Peter Morgan, aged 53, a former Wales and British Lion rugby star, was taken ill just before he was due to go on holiday from Southampton last week.
He was taken to hospital in Southampton before being transferred to Withybush Hospital later in the week.
County Council leader Jamie Adams told the Western Telegraph: "Everyone's thoughts at the authority are with Peter. We understand he is progressing well and we send him our best wishes for a full recovery.
"Because Peter is such a popular figure, it is natural that people may want to visit him.
"I know they will understand that his family have respectfully requested that he be given some time and space to enable him to return to full fitness as quickly as possible," Cllr Adams added.
Olympic torchbearer, Andy Gray from Little Haven, a friend of Cllr Morgan's, said: "I know that he is a well-loved figure and we wish him all the best in a full recovery.
"It's a huge, huge shock to the people that know him," he added.
Cllr Morgan's family have received hundreds of messages from concerned well-wishers.
"We have been overwhelmed by the kindness shown and we are very grateful," said a family member.
Cllr Morgan is a father of two and a grandfather and has represented his home electoral division since 2008.
He told members at the council AGM where he was made chairman earlier this year that it was "head and shoulders above any of my sporting achievements".
The Council's vice-chairman, Cllr Arwyn Wlliams of Pembroke, will take over Cllr Morgan's duties in his absence.