Worst mining disaster in British history remembered

A special memorial event has been held to mark 100 years since the Senghenydd mining disaster which claimed the lives of 439 miners and one rescuer in South Wales.

Hundreds of people attended the service to see Aber Valley Heritage Group unveil the Welsh National Mining Memorial. The new monument takes residence on the site of the old mine in remembrance of all Welsh miners who lost their lives in disasters.

First Minister, Carwyn Jones, who attended the event, said Senghenydd had come to symbolise the “sacrifices made by those who went underground in search of coal but never returned home”.

“It is fitting that this should be the location for a memorial dedicated to all the miners who have died in mining disasters across our nation.”

The 1913 tragedy at the Universal Colliery remains one of the most devastating underground explosions in mining history.

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