|A CAMPAIGN to preserve the site of an ancient Welsh palace near Bangor has been boosted by a contribution from Holywood star Catherine Zeta-Jones.
The Swansea born actress has made a donation to an appeal to save the 700-year old kingdom, Garth Celyn, which lies between Bangor and Abergwyngregyn, and has also pledged to take part in fundraising activities at the palace.
The Garth Celyn Trust are hoping to raise £200,000 save the palace and the 2.9 acres of surrounding land, which was home to the last two leaders of the independent Welsh kingdom, Llywelyn Fawr and Llywelyn ein Llyw Olaf.
Paul Martin Remfry, historian and trust member said: “We’re very glad that Catherine Zeta Jones is taking a personal interest, and it should be a massive boost to the appeal.
“I’m hoping the publicity will see more donations come through. Saving the site is the main objective of the trust.
“There are so many historical sites which have disappeared without trace, so saving this is crucial. To have it developed as a caravan site or something, well it would be a blow to history.
“It was a real hotbed of historical activity. You could say that it would have been the Buckingham Palace of Wales.”
Trust secretary, Howard Kimberley said: “It’s given a tremendous boost to the appeal, and it’s very difficult to quantify how much, but it’s certaintly given it a higher profile.
“I would say it’s the most important site in Welsh history.”
For more information about Garth Celyn and the appeal, or to donate, visit www.garthcelyn.org.