Aberfan disaster’s 50th anniversary sees mourning for lost generation

The lives of the 144 people were lost in 1966 when a rock slide hit Pantglas Junior School.

the-mud-and-devastationBut the Welsh disaster at Aberfan wasn’t just about that tiny village, or that one nation – it was a loss for humanity, a generation of children who would never see adulthood, fulfil their potential, live their lives.

Controversy still remains around the National Coal Board – although an inquiry report laid the blame for the disaster squarely with them, no NCB employee or board member was demoted, dismissed, or prosecuted.

But the 50th anniversary was not a time for blame – more a time to look back and remember.

Read my piece on the Mirror here


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