Aberfan Remembered: a Terrible Twist of Fate
A village war memorial in a South Wales valley has almost 150 names of those who died in the First World War. This is an extremely high figure for a small mining community.
Then, 21 years later, another global conflict resulted in 50 more servicemen losing their lives.
By terrible coincidence, after a gap of a further 21 years, 144 more lives were tragically lost – inflicting a cruel loss on yet another generation. That village is Aberfan.
At 9:15am on Friday 21 October 1966, a large section of No. 7 colliery waste tip was de-stabilized after a period of sustained heavy rainfall. On its way downhill the landslide engulfed a small farm, twenty houses, and the village school. The RAF vertical aerial photograph, taken shortly after the disaster, clearly shows the scale of the landslip and its destructive path.