Jeff Ellis Posted October 13, 2016 Report Share Posted October 13, 2016 On 21 October it will be the 50th anniversary of the 1966 disaster at Aberfan, when a coal waste heap avalanched in a South Wales mining valley and engulfed a primary school. 116 small children, their headteacher and four teachers died, together with people in neighbouring houses... a total of 144 victims. It happened at 9.15 in the morning and despite heroic efforts nobody was rescued alive after 11.00 that morning. Huw Jones wrote a magnificent story here recounting a boy's emotional survival at the loss. It would be fitting at this time to read it here... http://awesomedude.com/huw_jones/Hiraeth/index.htm A particularly moving locally written blog of the disaster can be read here... http://www.alangeorge.co.uk/aberfandisaster.htm An unsung hero of the following night was the volunteer miner who stood on the remains of the waste heap (which was still moving). He stood there in the dark with a siren to warn the rescue teams if the tip started to accelerate towards them... His task was to sound a warning until he was killed... a great man. I never heard of his name. Quote Link to comment
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