REMEMBER THE PEOPLE OF ABERFAN, SAYS FIRST MINISTER

First Minister Carwyn Jones, is calling on people across Wales to pause and remember the Aberfan disaster with a minute’s silence at 9.15am on 21 October 2016, exactly 50 years after the tragedy took place.

The 1966 disaster claimed the lives of 144 people, 116 of them primary school children, when a spoil tip containing waste material from coal mining slid down from its position on the hillside above the village of Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil.

 

The First Minister said “Individuals, families and the community have been profoundly affected by the disaster. Half a century after, it is fitting that the country as a whole comes together, with respect and compassion, to remember.”


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