Len Biddlecombe, writer and poet – from his book ‘Love of Life’. The Aberfan disaster was a catastrophic collapse of a colliery spoil tip in the Welsh village of Aberfan, near Merthyr Tydfil, on 21 October 1966, killing 116 children and 28 adults. It was caused by a build-up of water in the accumulated rock and shale, which suddenly started to slide downhill in the form of slurry
Disaster History stays here with us as only disaster can
In a little mining village in Wales called Aberfan.
October 1966 in the morning just after nine
A towering tip of black coal waste collected from the mine
Suddenly began to slip smashing everything in it’s way
Falling on the local school as they began their day.
Nineteen houses were also crushed by the fearful slide
And sadly in the houses twenty three people died
In the school was devastation, 116 children lost
Together with five teachers, it was a massive cost.
Steven Palmer’s mum took him to the doctor, he was not very well
He was the only little child that lived or so the records tell.
The children were all aged from seven years to ten
Not one of them could escape to see daylight again.
Lots of brothers and sisters, whole families torn apart
So many mums and dads were left to die of a broken heart.
Never will the world forget that fearful coal tip slide
Aberfan, the mining village where all the children died.