50 years on ...

moulesy replied on 21/10/2020 18:00

Posted on 21/10/2020 18:00

Exactly 50 years ago today ... the tragedy of Aberfan. I can remember coming home from school to find my mum in tears and I have vague memories of a black and white news report with, I think, Cliff Michelmore reporting the news through his own tears. Not sure I really had a great understanding of the scale of the tragedy at the time but we drove through the village some years ago and stopped at the memorial - a very moving experience. Who knows what those poor children might have achieved by now?

AnotherDavid replied on 21/10/2020 18:22

Posted on 21/10/2020 18:22

My father was rising through the NCB ranks at that time and applying for positions throughout the country. Two interviews were offered for the same day and he had to choose between the Welsh area that covered  Merthyr Vale and Staffordshire,  very fortunately he chose the later.

Had he got the Welsh job his duties would have placed him right in the thick of the rescue and its aftermath.

Bakers2 replied on 21/10/2020 20:25

Posted on 21/10/2020 20:25

Dreadful I remember the news in black and white. I was so scared it could happen anywhere! I have checked and today is the 54th anniversary. Regardless it needs to be remembered

We visited the memorial several years ago to pay our respects. My heart goes out to all those involved in that dreadful tragedy 😢😢.


ABM replied on 21/10/2020 23:18

Posted on 21/10/2020 23:18

Correct date or not, Moulesy, it is something we should never forget, tragic beyond belief and a basic forewarning from the book How Green was my Valley

cyberyacht replied on 22/10/2020 09:08

Posted on 22/10/2020 09:08

Have we really learned from it though? All too often we read of the consequences of toxic spill from industrial processes and the like that has been inadequately dealt with because it impinges on the bottom line of the balance sheet or we want stuff that is cheaper than its true cost.

ABM replied on 22/10/2020 16:25

Posted on 22/10/2020 16:25

Good point, CY, which regularly rears its head w r t  huge containers full of **** being returned from Indian etcetera Destructor areas due to being of too low a recyclable standard and/or too high a filth / poison level.

Takethedogalong replied on 23/10/2020 15:24

Posted on 23/10/2020 15:24

Aberfan was truly dreadful, I can just recall my Mum crying.

Our home area is covered in small memorials to Mining disasters. Came across one the other day, stopped and looked. Maltby Colliery. The bodies were never recovered, far too dangerous. Memorial is over the actual spot, with names engraved onto it. Lots of fresh flowers on it, folks still remember every year. Someone’s grandparents, great grandparents.😢

brue replied on 23/10/2020 17:33

Posted on 23/10/2020 17:33

When the news came through, they asked for help and I remember my sister's boyfriend at the time borrowed a car and put a spade in the back and drove to Aberfan to help with manual digging. A tragic event, it's hard to remember what the valleys were like when you see them now.