Today marks the 50th anniversary of the disaster when a coal tip avalanche in a village near merthyr tydfil killed 116 children. Magnum’s david hurn and ian berry look back on their coverage of the aberfan disaster 50 years on. There are good reasons, beyond respect and common decency, for revisiting the terrible story of aberfan. The aberfan disaster was the catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip in the welsh village of aberfan, near merthyr tydfil, that killed 116 children and 28 adults on 21 october 1966. A survivor who was pulled from the rubble of aberfan as a schoolboy has been reunited with his rescuers for the first time, five decades after the disaster. The aberfan disaster occurred on october 21st, 1966. At 915 am on the morning of october 21, 1966, a coal slag heap at aberfan, near merthyr tydfil in wales within five minutes, it had buried a school, several cottages and a farm.
Photographs of the aberfan disaster 1966, merthyr tydfil. The aberfan disaster was not just the single most appalling event in modern welsh history what happened also represented a multiple betrayal of a whole community if the deaths of 116. At 915am on friday, october 21, 1966, a disaster struck a small welsh mining community which would devastate the village for a generation aberfan, the name of the village, is now. At 915 am on friday, october 21, 1966 a waste tip slid down a mountainside into the mining village of aberfan, near merthyr tydfil in south wales. The aberfan disaster was the catastrophic collapse of a national coal board (ncb) colliery spoil tip in the welsh village of aberfan, near merthyr tydfil, on 21 october 1966. On friday, at 9:15 am, wales fell silent in commemoration survivors of the disaster, who had been pulled from the rubble, and families who had lost children gathered in aberfan, joined by.
The aberfan disaster was a catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip in the welsh village of aberfan, near merthyr tydfil, on 21 october 1966, which killed 116 children and 28 adults. Aberfan (welsh pronunciation: [ˌabɛrˈvan]) is a former coal mining village in south wales, in the taff valley 4 miles (6 km) south of the town of merthyr tydfil on 21 october 1966, it. Whether because they sensed the presence of danger or not, a large number of children did not want to go to pantglas junior school in wales that morning. Fifty years on, the aberfan disaster told by the people who were there.
Get all the latest, breaking aberfan news on itv news videos, stories and updates. On 21 october, 1966 tip no 7 which forms part of the main complex of tips at aberfan slipped and descended upon part of the village killing 116 children and 29 adults. I was seven when the awful aberfan disaster happened and remember my mum and dad talking about it and being very upset. A survivor of the aberfan disaster has spoken publicly for the first time, 50 years after the coal tip collapsed on to his school in south wales gerald kirwaun was eight years old when he.
After reading a post on trish and rob macgregor's, excellent blog about precognition and dreams, it reminded me of the tragic aberfan disaster in wales in the sixties.
21 october 1966 click on the picture to enter (c) martin johnes & iain mclean, 1997-2001 last updated: feb 2014. Wales falls silent as the country remembers the 50th anniversary of the aberfan disaster, in which 144 people - 116 of them children - died. Aberfan 50th anniversary: photos reveal full horror of disaster which left village in mourning for lost generation the whole nation joined a tiny welsh village for a minute's silence - to. Aberfan, wales gv pan, the aberfan area with men working at school building after being crashed in landslide lv crowds of men working, clearing rubble. Aberfan 50 years on: how the press covered the disaster and the aftermath there are notable differences between how the disaster was covered by newspapers based in wales and those based. On this day in 1966, an avalanche of mud and rocks buries a school in aberfan, wales, killing 148 people the site of the disaster later became a park.