To remind people of the minute silence

(198 Posts)
Famalam13 Fri 21-Oct-16 07:50:33

Posting here due to traffic.

Today is 50 years since the Aberfan disaster in which 116 children and 28 adults died. A minute silence will be held at 9:15am.

alisoncoggs Fri 21-Oct-16 07:56:19

I read this last night:

www.theguardian.com/media/greenslade/2016/oct/20/aberfan-a-reporters-letter-home-reveals-the-true-horror-of-the-tragedy

unbelievably sad

tibbawyrots Fri 21-Oct-16 07:56:26

Thank you for the heads up - I didn't know anything about this until now!

Awful tragedy. sad

FlapsTie Fri 21-Oct-16 08:02:00

Oh that letter hits home. It's unthinkable. A whole village lost its children.

coffeetasteslikeshit Fri 21-Oct-16 08:05:44

Thank you. And thanks for the link Alison, although it's reduced me to tears. 116 children. That's our whole village school.

Imsickofnamechanging Fri 21-Oct-16 08:09:29

OP, I've just read your link. I've never heard about the Aberfan disaster. I'm lying in bed weeping after reading it. All those poor souls! Will definitely do the minutes silence for them. Thanks for sharing.

Bubblebloodypop Fri 21-Oct-16 08:20:21

Thank you, I will be silent. How harrowing.

Emergefromthedark Fri 21-Oct-16 08:20:31

Its 10 miles away from where I live. The village has an air of sadness even to this day and the cemetery is heartbreaking to see. It was an awful tragedy that was avoidable and the National Coal Board acted disgustingly in the aftermath - money raised after the event for the locals was taken by the government to use to remove the remaining tips. Everyone should know about it - it was a national scandal.

alisoncoggs Fri 21-Oct-16 08:27:28

The deputy head carried out with five children in his arms sad

Floggingmolly Fri 21-Oct-16 08:28:36

Thank you, I didn't know either sad

Str4ngedaysindeed Fri 21-Oct-16 08:29:58

Maybe it's because I'm old but I am always surprised when people say ' I had never heard of it'. I guess we relate to things within our lifetime that we have grown up with. So so sad.

WizardOfToss Fri 21-Oct-16 08:30:12

That letter! sad

Words are inadequate here, aren't they?

RachelRagged Fri 21-Oct-16 08:30:38

Thank You , I didn't know about that so will observe the minutes silence.

That letter home, harrowing and so sad .

Rest in Eternal Peace ..

Floggingmolly Fri 21-Oct-16 08:31:30

I didn't grow up in England, Str4nge

PinkSquash Fri 21-Oct-16 08:31:45

All those lives, it's utterly harrowing listening to the stories of those who survived and the rescuers. flowers

Famalam13 Fri 21-Oct-16 08:32:14

That's why my post was so matter of fact Wizard, I can't think of the words to say.

I am from Wales and have never come across anyone here who isn't aware. Every 21st October we were told at school and I am in my twenties.

tibbawyrots Fri 21-Oct-16 08:34:11

I didn't know about the minute silence but I knew about Aberfan sad

Sofabitch Fri 21-Oct-16 08:34:51

Wow I had no idea. That letter in the guardian is harrowing... im going to get out of my car crying!

WizardOfToss Fri 21-Oct-16 08:38:13

I think you got it exactly right, Famalan. Thank you for letting us know.

LittleLionMansMummy Fri 21-Oct-16 08:39:30

I had to write a news article about Aberfan for a geography lesson about 25 years ago. I was too young to really understand the enormity, and of course wasn't a parent myself at that time. I treated it as a project and nothing more. Only as the years passed did I begin to understand and only now as a mum to a 6yo who has just kissed my son goodbye for his day at school has it really hit me. That letter is truly heart wrenching. I'll be silent.

Starduke Fri 21-Oct-16 08:42:15

I didn't know about this (born in the 80s in England)

It's awful, so so sad.

Imsickofnamechanging Fri 21-Oct-16 08:44:47

Maybe it's because I'm old but I am always surprised when people say ' I had never heard of it'.

Str4nge I always find it strange when people struggle with understanding why others don't know about every event. It's very simple, perhaps they are not originally from here?

GinAndOnIt Fri 21-Oct-16 08:45:26

Yes, we were taught about it in school in South Wales, and we would have some sort of event to mark it annually. I think that has died out now. My partner, who is English, has not heard about it.

I wasn't aware of the minutes silence though OP, so thank you for that.

50 years is not long ago at all. It's just so sad.

Piscivorus Fri 21-Oct-16 08:46:33

Aberfan is the first news item I remember from my childhood. So tragic and that letter really does bring it all home

MissHooliesCardigan Fri 21-Oct-16 08:48:15

My parents were raised very near there. I remember driving through Aberfan when I was about 6 and noticed that my DM had tears in her eyes and she told me what had happened there. I was too young to grasp the enormity of it but I remember thinking how sad the place felt.
There was a R4 programme this morning interviewing one of the survivors. He said that the surviving children would go out of the village to play as it was too upsetting for parents who'd lost children to see or hear them playing.
I know people mock Health & Safety but I'd like to think this couldn't happen now. It was not a random accident, it was entirely preventable.

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