South East Wales

Aberfan: Wales rugby players mark anniversary of disaster

Wales rugby players Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar with Ynysowen Primary pupils
Image caption Players Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar visited Ynysowen Primary School

Players from the Wales rugby team have visited Aberfan to mark the 50th anniversary of the disaster which killed 144 people.

Players and coaches visited Aberfan Cemetery before laying a wreath at the memorial gardens.

Dan Biggar and Rhys Webb were among those who spent time with children from Ynysowen Primary School.

Head teacher Simone Roden said it brought "a lot of happiness" to pupils at a very sad time.

The village was devastated on 21 October 1966 when a colliery waste tip collapsed, engulfing Pantglas Junior School.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May said the people of Aberfan had shown great "solidarity and resilience" to overcome a "powerful tragedy".

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