A time to remember. (suffer little children).


I recall 2  historic events from my primary school days. One was the death of Donald Campbell on Coniston Water and the other was Aberfan. In bright sunshine this morning I walked up to graves at Aberfan and looked on. Somber reflections of young lives cut too short.


Aberfan is a former coal mining village in South Wales 4 miles south of the town of Merthyr Tydfil. For many years, millions of cubic metres of excavated mining debris from the colliery were deposited on the side of Mynydd Merthyr, directly above the village.


On 21 October 1966, 50 years ago it became known for the Aberfan disaster when part of the colliery spoil heap collapsed into the village school and homes. Early on that Friday morning, after several days of heavy rain, at 9:15 a.m. more than 150,000 cubic metres of water soaked debris broke away and flowed downhill at high speed. A mass of over 40,000 cubic metres of debris slid into the village in a slurry 39 ft deep. The slide destroyed a farm and 20 terraced houses along Moy Road, and struck the north side of the junior school and part of the separate senior school, demolishing most of the structures and filling the classrooms with thick mud and rubble up to 33 ft deep. 116 children and 28 adults were killed.




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