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Brydon and Burton's steel sculpture on cycle trail

Cyclist Sebastion next to the sculpture
The sculpture is at a rest point for walkers and cyclists on the new Richard Burton Trail. Photo: Peter Knowles

Acting legend Richard Burton and comedian and actor Rob Brydon have been immortalised in steel, in an artwork close to their south Wales roots.

The sculpture in the Afan Valley, also features the image of Dick Wagstaff, Afan Forest Park's head ranger.

Mr Wagstaff said it was a "huge honour" to be chosen by the local community to be included in the "portrait bench" alongside the famous names.

The artwork is on the new Richard Burton Trail in Neath Port Talbot.

It features alongside a bench on the Connect2 cycle and pedestrian route, connecting Port Talbot to Cwmafon and the Afan Forest.

Richard Burtonís brother, Graham Jenkins with his wife Hilary Jenkins, alongside the sculpture of the actor Photo:Chandra Prasad/Sustrans
Richard Burtonís brother, Graham Jenkins with his wife Hilary, with the sculpture

The unveiling was attended by Rob Brydon's parents, as well as Richard Burton's brother Graham Jenkins.

Mr Jenkins said: "This portrait is fantastic and I am very, very proud that my brother is a part of it.

"We were born in this valley and it's wonderful that local people have chosen Richard, he would've absolutely loved this."

The artworks are being created across the UK, in conjunction with transport charity Sustrans, by Staffordshire-based company Laser Process.

Dave Lindsey, managing director, said: "It's great to think that our work has got a little of the Hollywood treatment by being unveiled by the family of such a star as Richard Burton as well as the family of Rob Brydon".



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