50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster

On 21 October 1966, a colliery spoil tip collapsed onto the village of Aberfan, engulfing Pantglas Junior School and neighbouring houses.

116 children and 28 adults were killed.

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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 visits Aberfan on 50th anniversary of the disaster

Prince Charles has arrived in Aberfan to pay his respects, 50 years since the disaster which claimed the lives of 116 children and 28 adults.

Prince Charles arrives in Aberfan Credit: Kathryn Tresilian / ITV Cymru Wales

He visited the Aberfan Memorial Garden on the site of the former Pantglas Junior School, before attending a reception with some of the families of those who lost their lives.

The Prince of Wales met families who had gathered to pay their respects to the victims of the disaster Credit: ITV News

Pupils remember the Aberfan disaster on 50th anniversary

The pupils of Afon Taf High School, in Merthyr Tydfil, held a special service to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster this morning.

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After a morning assembly, the children laid 144 yellow roses in the River Taff - one for every child and adult who perished in the disaster 50 years ago today.

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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.

Prince of Wales to visit Aberfan on 50th anniversary of disaster

The Prince of Wales will visit the memorial garden later today. Credit: PA images

The Prince of Wales will visit Aberfan today to mark 50 years since the Aberfan disaster, when 144 people were killed by a coal tip which collapsed onto the small mining village.

Prince Charles will visit the memorial garden.

Her Majesty The Queen visited the village shortly after the disaster in 1966, and spoke to the parents of children who had died.

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