What caused Aberfan?

What caused Aberfan?

The Aberfan disaster was a catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip in the Welsh village of Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil, on 21 October 1966, killing 116 children and 28 adults. It was caused by a build-up of water in the accumulated rock and shale, which suddenly started to slide downhill in the form of slurry.

Was anyone prosecuted for the Aberfan disaster?

I have no sympathy at all for those people—whether men, management or officials—who act in any way which endangers the lives and limbs of others.” No NCB staff were demoted, sacked or prosecuted as a consequence of the Aberfan disaster or for evidence given to the inquiry (one notably unsatisfactory witness had been …

Is there a film about Aberfan?

The Green Hollow (or Aberfan: The Green Hollow) is a “film-poem”, which was broadcast by the BBC on 21 October 2016 to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Aberfan disaster of 1966. Owen Sheers wrote the script of the screenplay using the words of survivors of the disaster whom he interviewed over a period.

What is the population of Aberfan?


Did Antony Armstrong visit Aberfan?

The first member of the family to visit Aberfan was the queen’s brother-in-law, Princess Margaret’s husband Antony Armstrong-Jones. He was from Pembrokeshire originally and visited Aberfan immediately, arriving at daybreak on the Saturday after it happened.

Did the Duke of Edinburgh go to Aberfan?

The Duke of Edinburgh was the first member of the royal family to visit the Aberfan community. Gareth Jones was a pupil at Pantglas Junior School when disaster struck. “I said ‘Yes sir I was in the school, we survived the school.’Il y a 7 jours

Did the queen refuse to go to Aberfan?

Queen Elizabeth II did not go to Aberfan in South Wales until eight days after the incident. However, according to Sally Bechdel Smith’s biography Elizabeth the Queen, her decision was a practical one.