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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 June, 2004, 09:03 GMT 10:03 UK
Donald Duck celebrates turning 70
Donald Duck

Donald Duck, one of Walt Disney's most endearing characters, is celebrating his 70th birthday.

Celebrations will be taking place at Disney resorts and other venues across the globe to mark the milestone.

Donald was first seen on 9 June 1934 in an animated cartoon called the Wise Little Hen.

The famous duck has gone on to feature in hundreds of cartoons and comic strips, which have been translated into dozens of languages.

'Webbed' print

In Disneyland Paris, a cake with 70 candles will be presented to Donald during a birthday party.

He will also leave prints of his webbed feet in a walk of fame, next to handprints by stars such as Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone.

Katie Harris, who is helping to organise the event, said: "We have a ceremony in the park to wish him a very happy birthday.

"After that we are going to take him over to the Walt Disney studios where we are going to take a print which we can keep in the pathway of stars alongside other movie stars.

"It is a right he has wholly earned."

Ms Harris added that the secret of Donald's long appeal lay in his mischievous charm.

"He has his grumpy periods, he has his mad periods, he's always trying to do the right thing but ends up in a mess.

"But I think that his character traits will never change and I don't think he will ever, ever grow old - he will stay young at heart."

The BBC's Sandra Westbrooke
"His popularity seems to be as great as ever"

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