Richard Burton to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Welsh actor Richard Burton is to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, it has been announced.

A fundraising drive was led by Professor Dylan Jones-Evans, director of enterprise at the University of Wales. He was informed on Wednesday that the application for a star had been successful.

"I learnt of the announcement that the decision had been made via Twitter but didn't realise our application had been granted until I checked my email.

"Normally these stars are paid for by film companies or studios hoping to promote their movie but I think it's important for Wales that we raise the money ourselves.

"It's what Richard Burton would have liked, for us to do this ourselves is important and shows national appreciation for his talent and standing."

The campaign group must now raise around £28,000 to create and maintain the star. For more information visit the BBC News website.

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