He is an American living in Chile. Doug, The looting has stopped. Neighbors quickly banded together in neighborhood watches passing a pitch fork to each one as they stood guard.
The story of what happened in the south Wales mining village of Aberfan is a devastating one which dealt a similar fate to the children who survived it. It is exactly 50 years since tragedy swooped down on Aberfan killing children and 28 adults.
Revisiting the "obscenity" of 21 Octoberand its aftermath is a stark reminder of the incongruities of the past. Health and safety, counselling, accountability, litigation, compensation — at times met with derision — are the tenets of our modern day.
Aberfan is an upsetting reminder of perhaps why and how much our society changed so much in little over a generation.
Friday, 21 October Young I was and small I was, but young or small I knew it was wrong, and I said so to my father. As the children left the coal-fire warmth of home they emerged into streets shrouded with a dense, cold fog.
Mothers waved goodbye from the doorstep, never imagining in their worst nightmares that it would be for the last time. Pantglas Junior School As the children congregated for morning assembly, they were excited. At midday the half-term holiday would begin. They would sing it before they went home when the head teacher planned to wish her pupils a safe and enjoyable holiday.
The children filed into classrooms. And so the world turned in Aberfan much as it had done for the past years, when the community burgeoned around the Merthyr Vale colliery which began in The back-breaking toil of miners stoked the industrial revolution and more recently powered Britain through World War Two.
Byhowever, the coal industry had been in decline for 30 years in favour of oil and several pits had shut. South Wales miners, forbidden from carrying matches, light up in the tobacconist's The workforce had fallen from its peak of 2,plus to about ; still a sizeable proportion of breadwinners for the 8,or-so population of the three villages of Aberfan, Merthyr Vale and Mount Pleasant which made up the collective community known as Ynysowen, five miles from the former iron capital of the world, Merthyr Tydfil.
But Christianity had competition. Since taking control of UK mining, nationalised inthe NCB was revered as the salvation for a dwindling coal industry. It had a firm grip on central government and the Labour-entrenched local governments of south Wales via its employees and union officials who served as councillors.
Minor miners In the post-war corporatist climate of the s, it was held in what now seems uncomfortable reverence. The working man knew his place; authority knew best.
But as the events of that day were to demonstrate, that was far from the truth. Death and danger was part of the fabric of life and had bred a peculiar fatalism. The cost of coal exacted a heavy price on human life.OK.
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