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Tomorrow marks 50 years since the Aberfan disaster, which claimed the lives of 144 people, including 116 children.

First published:
20 October 2016
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

Ahead of the anniversary, First Minister Carwyn Jones is reminding the people of Wales of the national minute’s silence, which will take place at 9.15am tomorrow [Friday 21 October 2016].

The First Minister said: 

“We will never forget the men, women and school children who tragically lost their lives in the Aberfan disaster 50 years ago.

“Remembrance is important so future generations understand what happened in Aberfan. It is a truly heart-breaking moment in our history and no-one who learns about the disaster can fail to be profoundly moved by it.

“Half a century on from the disaster, I hope the country as a whole will come together, with respect and compassion, to pause for a minute at 9.15am tomorrow and think of the community of Aberfan.”