Lovely article about Gaynor Madgwick’s ‘Aberfan’: “a remarkable and powerful book”.
At a period when there seems to be an anniversary at every turn, on the 21st October there will be the 50th remembrance of a truly shocking event – Aberfan. Seared in the memories of individuals and communities, especially across South Wales, Aberfan stands as testimony to collusion, cover-up and ‘corporate’ mis-management.
On the 21st October 1966, thousands of tonnes of coal tip waste slid down a mountainside and devastated the mining village of Aberfan. The black mass crashed through the local school; 144 people died, 116 of them young children. Only 25 children from the school survived.
I lived in a different part of South Wales, but this anniversary resonates personally like few others. I suppose this is due to the sheer scale of the event at the time, the television pictures which seem vivid in my memory, that in later years I would often have…
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