The St Thomas's Church bell
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Bell salvaged from disaster returns to Santiago, Chile

A church bell taken from Chile in the 19th Century and found in Neath has now become part of a national memorial back in its home city, Santiago.

Worshippers at St Thomas's Church only learned of the bell's history last year and agreed to send it back.

It had been kept in the building since 1870.

It had been brought to Wales to be melted down after the church in Santiago was destroyed in a fire that claimed the lives of 2,500 people.

Caroline Evans has the story.

  • 27 Nov 2013