BBC piece about Aberfan

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#1

Depressingly brilliant, enraging, beautiful in parts


#2

Feel ashamed to have not known anything about this before. The article is brilliant, but had to stop for a bit when Jeff told his story of being trapped - so so awful


#3

This is all just three years before I was born but the photos make it look like 100 years before.


#4

I don’t think it is as well-known amongst (say) under-40s as other more recent disasters.

The LP Hartley quote at the start of the piece is very apposite


#5

^This.
Almost exactly a year before I was born. It’s remarkable


#6

Use to drive past Aberfan semi-regularly, and my parents would always point out the graveyard and try and explain what had happened. But it’s almost impossible to conceive of the scale of it.


#7

Christ. I’d literally never heard of this before, fucking horrific.


#8

I must have been around four when this occurred. Even so, it still reminds me of my childhood. It was on the telly and in newspapers for weeks and there was a real vibe amongst adults that young children were precious. Seem to remember just a general numbness that pervaded everything.


#9

being from wales, it’s something that i’ve always known about through school and TV and friends family etc. everytime i’ve watched a documentary about it i have to step away for a while because it gets a bit much. i wasn’t alive when it happened but still, fucking destroys me.