Help name the new Richard Burton trails

27 September 2012

PORT Talbot councillors are hot on the trail – the Richard Burton Trail, which is now being extended to Taibach, and they would like your help in naming the two trails.

Sculptures of actors Richard Burton and Rob Brydon and former Afan Forest Park ranger manager Dick Wagstaff can be found on the new section of trail. Photo: Mike Witchell

One stretch of the trail already runs through Pontrhydyfen, and that is being extended to Taibach. The council is asking residents to suggest names for the two trails, names perhaps relating to Hollywood star Burton himself, his work, or to memories people may have of him.

The Taibach trail will feature points of interest associated with Burton’s childhood and teenage years, when he lived in Taibach, including where he lived, his school, where he worked, and where he spent his free time.

On the Pontrhydyfen trail people can see his birthplace and hear him quote a passage from Under Milk Wood, the play by his favourite poet Dylan Thomas.

Council leader Ali Thomas said: “Richard Burton is well remembered in the local community. The naming of the trails is a great opportunity for residents to become involved in the Richard Burton legacy.”

The Richard Burton Trail opened in June 2011, and has been a great success in attracting visitors from all over the world to visit his birthplace in Pontrhydyfen, the council says.

To make your suggestions, fill in an entry form in Taibach Library or log on to the Afan Forest Park Facebook page,

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bee richards says:

Why have you takenb all this time to remember his theatrical cultural and artistic legacy. this is what the council and Port talbot are about indifference to anything which requires thought