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8. LIFE AND DEATH.

On the 21st of October 1966, a coal tip at Aberfan slid down a hillside inundating Pantglas Junior School. The disaster claimed the lives of 116 children and 28 adults. It was a disaster that shook the world and is ingrained in the minds of the Welsh nation.

Aberfan.

Me_at_lleisiau_2by SJ Alexanderson22 Nov 2013

Oh Aberfan the mighty
We share your sense of grief
For those who went to school that morn’
And now sleep underneath.
A missing generation
Of talent so untapped –
When mountains moved to lower ground
Creating views unmapped.
The shock that coursed the nation,
A tragedy so black –
The whole world shed a tear that day
For those not coming back.
There was a hideous irony –
Industry took its’ toll
On ordinary families
Who worked amongst the coal.
You bore the pain and anguish
On shoulders broad and strong…
Mankind salutes your bravery
For a day when life went wrong.
Oh mighty, mighty Aberfan
Your scars stand there in stone –
Embrace your children young and old
And bless them one by one.