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Burton’s star will never fade, says Welsh Secretary

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Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan has welcomed the news that Richard Burton’s star could be the latest Welsh addition to the Walk of…

Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan has welcomed the news that Richard Burton’s star could be the latest Welsh addition to the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. 

The Pontrhydyfen-born actor’s place on the Walk of Fame is now closer to reality after campaigners received the news on Wednesday that Burton will be one of the few posthumous stars to be awarded this year, providing they raise the required funds. 

Mrs. Gillan said: “Burton’s place on the Walk of Fame is thoroughly deserved.  I am heartened that campaigners have fought passionately for one of Wales’ finest cultural icons to be honoured in the very place where he came to the attention of millions of people around the world.

 ”As one of the most charismatic and gifted actors of his time, he has inspired a legacy of raw, earthy talent that we have seen echoes of in both Anthony Hopkins and Michael Sheen and which we will no doubt see again, through the many students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where a new Richard Burton theatre has opened. 

“The new theatre space at the College will allow newer generations to appreciate drama and performance in his memory.  I wish the Walk of Fame campaigners the very best in raising the required funds, so that Richard Burton’s star will never fade and his appeal can live on for generations.”