Aberfan Cemetery

Aberfan, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, United Kingdom

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Aberfan Cemetery located in the quiet South Wales Valleys a few miles South from Merthyr Tydfil. The cemetery attracts many people who flock from all over the world to visit the graves of the 116 children and 28 adults that tragically lost their lives in the Aberfan Disaster on 21st October 1966. Traditionally a heavy mining town in the past, after days of heavy rain the already prominent coal tips gave way and slid down the valley and onto Pantglas School the local village school shortly after the classes had commenced. For days people gathered and came to help dig out those that were trapped. The graves are located in the North West section of the cemetery as you enter from the main gates and stand out from most of he other graves with their individual polished white arches. Adjacent to this is also a small memorial garden with seating providing tranquil and scenic views across the valley. Amongst the graves are many older headstones in Welsh along with headstones of fallen soldiers from various wars. The cemetery provides pathways between sections with benches and can be accessed by cars and on foot. As it is set on the hillside of the valley it can be quite steep and be slippy if you step off the paths. The paths are narrow so be careful if driving your car into the cemetery. An additional memorial garden is now situated on the exact location where the school once stood, literally a 5 minute walk away from the cemetery, which was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Very moving cemetery, well worth a visit.
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