The Prince of Wales will visit Aberfan to commemorate 50 years since the Aberfan disaster
The Prince of Wales is set to visit Aberfan, to commemorate 50 years since the Aberfan disaster.
The 67-year-old royal is set to visit the town in Wales on Friday (21.10.16) to commemorate those who lost their life after a colliery spoil tip collapsed in the Aberfan disaster 50 years ago in 1966.
The news was announced via social media, which saw Clarence House tweet: “The Prince of Wales will visit Aberfan, Wales, today to remember those who lost their lives 50 years ago in the Aberfan disaster. (sic).”
The incident, which took place on October 21, 1966, destroyed Pantglas Junior School and it’s neighbouring houses, which led to the deaths of 116 children and 28 adults, according to ITV News.
And eight days after the tragedy the Queen and her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, visited the site where she conversed with the parents and families of the children who passed away.
Now, half a century on, it has been reported Charles will visit the memorial garden to pay his respects to those who died in the disaster, and to the grieving families who lost their loved ones.
Charles is also set to attend a reception with the relatives at Aberfan and Merthyr Vale Community Centre, which will see the choir group called Ynysowen Male Choir – who formed following the oil spill – perform for the Prince.
Ynysowen and Ysgol Rhyd y Grug school choirs will join forces with harpist Eve Price and the Royal harpist Anne Denholm are also set to sing in front of Charles.
And during today’s visit Charles will unveil a plaque to commemorate the victims.