Fond mem­o­ries but Sally happy to swap Perth for Suf­folk

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Ary­lene West­lake-jen­nings

TWELVE years in and Sally Bur­ton is done with Perth, and who can blame her?

Since leav­ing Lon­don in 2005 to join her brother in WA, the per­form­ing arts pa­tron and widow of Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Richard Bur­ton has lived a life away from the pub­lic eye as much as pos­si­ble.

But the fact the 69-year-old man­ages her late hus­band’s es­tate was al­ways go­ing to mean she could never truly es­cape his legacy, from her role in the pub­li­ca­tion of Mr Bur­ton’s di­aries in 2012 to the con­stant re­hash­ing of the two mar­riages and tor­rid re­la­tion­ship he shared with the late El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor.

Last week, Mrs Bur­ton put up her Su­bi­aco home for sale and its set­tle­ment will sig­nal the start of her next, hope­fully qui­eter, chap­ter back in Old Blighty.

“It’s just time to move on,” she said.

“I am re­turn­ing to the UK though not to Lon­don; I am look­ing at buy­ing in Suf­folk, which is a beautiful county I know well.

“I will not miss the house (in Su­bi­aco) as I have an ex­tra­or­di­nary abil­ity to love and trea­sure my houses and then when it is time to leave, I sim­ply seem to close down and look to the fu­ture. If only I could have done that with re­la­tion­ships of the hu­man kind.”

She leaves be­hind a raft of ac­com­plish­ments, in­clud­ing the­atre company On­ward Pro­duc­tion, which she launched in July 2009, and sev­eral phil­an­thropic hon­ours bear­ing her name.

Mrs Bur­ton said she was look­ing for­ward to wear­ing her cash­mere and fur coats when she faced her first frosty Jan­uary morn­ing next year.

“I will miss the sun­shine and hot weather,” she said.

“I will also miss the food scene in Perth, which has come leaps and bounds since I ar­rived 12 years ago.

“The mem­ory of Wild­flower (at Como The Trea­sury), which to my mind is the best restau­rant in Perth, will linger long.”

Sally Bur­ton takes a mo­ment to re­lax and re­flect in her Su­bi­aco home. Pic­ture: Marie Nirme/the Aus­tralian

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