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Clydach Vale Working Men's Club fire 'suspected arson'

South Wales Police say they believe a fire at the former Clydach Vale Working Men's Club was started deliberately.

Emergency services were called to the blaze at the building known locally as the 'Top Club' on Howard St shortly after midday on Saturday.

The club recently closed after almost a century serving the community. Local boxer and former British and Empire heavyweight champion fought there in 1928.

We are keeping an open mind as to who is may be responsible for yesterday’s incident and we are actively exploring a number of lines of enquiry, including House to House enquiries and the forensic examination of the scene.”

I would also like to appeal for any witnesses who may have seen anybody acting suspiciously near the former Club, which is situated on Howard Street, Tonypandy, prior to the incident.

– Detective Inspector Rob Williams, South Wales Police



Memorial service for Cambrian Colliery victims

Thirty-one men were killed in the 1965 explosion Credit: ITV News Wales

Around 300 people are expected to attend a memorial service today to remember the Cambrian Colliery mining disaster.

Thirty-one men were killed in the Clydach Vale explosion in 1965.

Survivors and relatives of the men have said they're worried it'll become a 'forgotten' tragedy as people from that generation become older.