For those old enough to remember, today (October 21st) is the anniversary of the Aberfan Disaster.
Aberfan, in Wales, was a coal-mining community, and the slag and detritus removed from the pits were piled into great mountains surrounding the village. After several days of heavy rain, one of these slag heaps became so saturated with water that it collapsed under its own weight. A great avalanche of mud and rock slid at rapid speed into the village, engulfing everything before it. So rapid was the avalanche, nothing could be done and disaster struck, burying houses and in particular, the local school. 116 children along with teachers in the school lost their lives, as did some more adults in their homes.
I haven’t seen him for many years, but he would not tell me what he had seen as it would upset me.
I remember I was in the kitchen washing my hair ( my sister was in the bathroom) when I heard the report on the TV. I was so shocked that I forgot to turn on the cold water & burned my scalp. It still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it!
I know one survivor, she lived a relatively normal life went to University, moved away from Aberfan, Married, had three children, had a very good life style nice house, cars, holidays
In her forties she was diagnosed as suffering Anxiety and depression, her mental health continued to deteriorate being admitted numerous times to hospital, robbing the family of a Family life……And still today she is the same.
Doctors, family and close friends can only speculate as to why she has mental health issues
I told a friend from Aberfan about this lady, he told me of another survivor who moved away, married, children, happy family then suddenly in her forties her story was the same
Its was common knowledge a mountain spring was where the Slag was dumped, although the authorities deny having/had any knowledge of this… many come forward saying they were told and knew of the spring…
This spring was probably the main factor causing the land slide
And all the monies donated and collected by the authorities, what happened to that, much of it was used to fund the clear up.
I terrible man made disaster that should never have happened …
Alex Palmer was a 27 years old journalist and on her first major assignment for the Daily Express, this is the letter she wrote to her Mother describing what she saw, words can often say more than pictures … Aberfan
If anyone believes Labour is at all interested in the welfare of ordinary working people they should read what Robens and the Wilson government were up to with the NCB.Thatcher gets the blame but they started it.