Wales remembers 116 children “buried alive by the National Coal Board”

by Gavin Drake


Source: Anglican Communion News Service

The 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, in which 116 children and 28 adults were killed, is being remembered across Wales and elsewhere in the United Kingdom. At 9.15 am on Friday 21 October 1966, some 150,000 cubic metres of water-saturated spoil heap broke free from the side of side of Mynydd Merthyr, the sandstone ridge on which it had been deposited, and moved at high speed towards the South Wales village of Aberfan, where it enveloped Pantglas School.

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