Wales falls silent on 50th anniversary of Aberfan disaster

Wales has fallen silent to mark the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, which cost the lives of 116 schoolchildren and 28 adults.

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Charles delivers Queen's message to Aberfan mourners

Prince Charles has delivered a personal message from the Queen in which she pays tribute to the "indomitable spirit" of the people of Aberfan on the 50th anniversary of the coalslide disaster that claimed 144 lives.

Her Majesty also made reference to the poet who wrote that "all the elements of tragedy are here" after attending the devastated Welsh village.

Prince Charles pays his respects on Aberfan anniversary

Prince Charles has met families of victims of the Aberfan disaster during an official visit on the 50th anniversary of the tragedy.

The Prince of Wales shook hands and shared a few words with people while helping to plant a tree at the memorial garden that now stands on the former site of Pantglas Junior School.

The Prince of Wales met families who had gathered to pay their respects to the victims of the disaster.
He spoke to a young boy who held a poster commemorating the tragedy that occurred at 9.15am on October 21, 1966.
Prince Charles was shown the memorial garden that stands on the site of Pantglas Junior School.
The royal added mud to the base of new tree commemorating the 50th anniversary of the disaster.

Schoolchildren learn of horrors of Aberfan disaster

Schoolchildren from a Welsh school neighbouring the village of Aberfan have learned of the horrors of the coalslide disaster on the 50th anniversary of the tragedy.

The pupils of Afon Taf High School in Merthyr Tydfil were read accounts of the disaster, which claimed the lives of 116 children and 28 adults on October 21, 1966, at a special commemorative assembly.


Aberfan villagers pay their respects at memorial garden

The people of Aberfan have paid their respects to the 144 victims of the 1966 coalslide disaster at the Welsh village's memorial garden.

All generations attended to observe a minute's silence at 9.15am as the nation paused on the 50th anniversary of the tragedy.

Those old enough to remember the disaster were joined by younger generations brought up in the village forever changed by the tragedy.
The village turned out to honour the lives of the 116 children and 28 adults killed at Pantglas Junior School.
People of all generations took time out to attend in the close-knit Valleys community.

Minute's silence held at site of Aberfan junior school

A minute's silence has been held at the site of the school devastated by the Aberfan disaster, which killed 116 schoolchildren and 28 adults 50 years ago.

ITV News Wales Correspondent Rupert Evelyn witnessed the anniversary tribute at the site of Pantglas Junior School at 9.15am.

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