Time to Remember Richard Burton – Assembly Member calls for Memorial

May 16, 2011 7:07 PM
Originally published by Peter Black and South Wales West Liberal Democrats

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has called for a permanent memorial to South Walian actor, Richard Burton.

Following the launch of a new biography of the famous actor, Mr. Black says it is time for a permanent memorial to be placed in Burtons' home borough of Port Talbot.

"Burton's birthplace is Pontrhydyfen in the Afan Valley, a beautiful part of South Wales. It is already a tourist attraction and I believe a permanent exhibition either in Pontrydyfen or in Port Talbot itself would be a great attraction to Burton fans" explained Mr Black.

"In Swansea Dylan Thomas' house has been turned into a destination that commemorates his legacy. There is a permanent exhibition in the Dylan Thomas Centre and of course there is also a museum in the boathouse in Laugharne. Richard Burton's birthplace does not even have a proper blue plaque. This needs to be rectified as soon as possible.

"I have been told that the Burton family has a great deal of material that could be housed in a permanent museum or other memorial dedicated to him. The Burton memorial could be linked to a wider trail of memorials for other famous South Walians, Dylan Thomas included.

"I will be contacting Neath Port Talbot council and will be raising this matter with the new Welsh Government Minister for Heritage to ensure Richard Burton receives the recognition he deserves."

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