It was on this day 50 years ago that a landslide of coal from the Aberfan colliery covered the local school claiming the lives of 116 children and 28 adults. As a mark of respect to those who lost their lives, Wales fell silent for one minute at 9:15am the time of the disaster.
Archbishop George Stack joined clergy and a congregation including school children from St Mary’s, St Illtyd’s and St Aloysius Catholic Primary Schools and Bishop Hedley High School participating to celebrate a memorial Mass for the victims at St. Benedict’s Merthyr Vale. They were joined by parishioner Mrs Shiela Lewis, a parent of one of the victims of the disaster. Mrs Lewis lost her daughter Sharon 50 years ago this day. She regularly attends Mass at St. Benedict’s and is very active within the parish.
The commemoration of the anniversary continues over the course of the weekend. Archbishop George will be attending the various events in honour of those who lost their lives.
May they rest in peace.