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Wales falls silent on 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster

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

The graves of the victims of the Aberfan disaster in the village's cemetery in Wales, on the 50th anniversary of the tragedy Credit: PA

A minute's silence was held across Aberfan and the rest of the country at 9:15am as people remembered the catastrophe, half a century since 150,000 tonnes of coal waste slid down a hillside before engulfing Pantglas Junior School.

The students of Afon Taf High School, in Merthyr Tydfil, paid their respects at a special school assembly, bowing their heads in remembrance.

The students of Afon Taf High School Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The people of Aberfan came together at the village's memorial garden, on the site of the former junior school, where they too observed a minute's silence.

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A minute's silence is observed for the victims of the Aberfan disaster outside the memorial garden Credit: PA

The Senedd in Cardiff Bay also gathered to remember one of Wales' darkest days.

The Senedd in Cardiff Bay fell silent Credit: Rosie Mercer / ITV Cymru Wales

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