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Aberfan: Pupils learn of village's most 'harrowing day'

Schoolchildren in Aberfan joined the rest of the country in observing a minute's silence for victims of the Aberfan disaster on Friday.

Ynysowen Community Primary School held a special assembly to mark 50 years since a mountain of coal waste slid down into the village, killing 144 people, including 116 children.

Headteacher Simone Roden said it was the "most harrowing day in Aberfan's history" when "children like you and adults like us who went to school in the morning and never went home".

She told the pupils: "You standing here today are the future of Aberfan. You will have all the opportunities the children who died never did."

  • 21 Oct 2016
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