Wales marks mining disasters

A memorial to all of the victims of Wales' mining disasters is being unveiled today, 100 years since the Senghenydd Colliery Disaster. 439 miners, and one rescue worker, were killed at the Universal Colliery on 14 October 1913.

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The Senghenydd colliery disaster was caused by an underground gas explosion in a sprawling mine employing more than 2,500 people near Caerphilly.

The tweeting began with the miners' journeys to work and continued through as the day's events unfolded:

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The sound of a terrific explosion echoes down the Aber Valley

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In the pit yard workmen are making stretchers & litters for the injured while undertakers draw on stocks of coffins for those beyond help

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The inspectors recommend the hot debris from the falls & fire is removed to the surface in trams. Work starts on this immediately

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National Mining Memorial 100 years after Senghenydd

A memorial to all of the victims of Wales' mining disasters will be unveiled today, 100 years to the day since the Senghenydd Colliery Disaster.

439 miners, and one rescue worker, were killed at the Universal Colliery in Senghenydd on 14 October 1913.

The explosion at Senghenydd in 1913 remains the UK's worst mining disaster.

The Wales National Mining Memorial and Gardens will be unveiled in Senghenydd at lunchtime.

It features a path, with tiles each dedicated to the 198 mining disasters that have happened across Wales.

More than 5,000 people have died in those disaster over the last 250 years; more than 1,000 in the last 100 years.

The memorial includes a bronze statue, showing a rescue worker coming to the aid of a survivor after a mining disaster.

There is also a tile acknowledging the lives lost in other mining explosions and tragedies, and mining-related illness.

This tile includes a reference to the four victims of the Gleision disaster, in 2011, with the hope that it will be the last such tragedy.

A wall of remembrance will also mention all of the men who died at the two Senghenydd disasters, in 1913 and 1901.

This photograph shows rescue workers returning from the Universal Colliery in Senghenydd, 100 years ago.

The day of commemoration will begin with the sounding of the original Universal Colliery pit hooter, which will ring out down the Aber Valley at 8.10am, as it did 100 years ago.

It will end with evening tributes, including lantern parade and a memorial service.

Visit the Aber Valley Heritage website for more information

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