Queen Elizabeth opened a community centre in Aberfan on Friday (9 March) and unveiled a plaque to commemorate the day in 1966 when 144 children and adults were buried under an avalanche of mine waste in the coal village in South Wales.
AERIAL VIEW (Black & White) Scene of disaster
GV & SV Slag heaps
GV Rescue workers search for bodies (4 shots)
SV Bodies carried out on stretchers with weeping women looking on (4 shots)
(Colour) SV Queen visiting playground
SV Queen talks to crowds
SV Queen speaking
"This centre look to the future, and it will provide wonderful opportunities for all the people int he village. It stands as a symbol of determination that out of the disaster should come a richer and fuller life. In the hope that it will bring much happiness and fulfillment to the people of this valley, I have great pleasure in declaring the Aberfan and Merthyr Community Centre open."
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Background: Queen Elizabeth opened a community centre in Aberfan on Friday (9 March) and unveiled a plaque to commemorate the day in 1966 when 144 children and adults were buried under an avalanche of mine waste in the coal village in South Wales.
The Queen first visited Aberfan a few days after the disaster on October 21, 1966. On that day, she walked through the village and spoke with the parents of children who died amid the rubble of the Pant Gals Infant and Junior school.
Most of the 116 children and 28 adults, who died when an over-hanging mountain of maine waste slid onto the village, are buried in one corner of a bleak hillside cemetery overlooking Aberfan.
But Friday was a happier occasion when the Queen opened a new 350,000 pound sterling community centre, built form some of the proceeds of the Disaster Fund, to which people around the world contributed.
Opening the new Aberfan and Merthyr Vale Community Centre, the Queen said she'd been impressed by what had been achieved in the community. The following is a transcript of the Queen's speech included in this film:
SYNOPSIS: It's now six years, four and a half months since the Merthyr Vale colliery tip slid into the valley, engulfing 116 children and 28 adults in the village of Aberfan. On the 21st of October, 1966, Aberfan was a disaster area. In driving rain, rescue workers toiled day and night to find survivors, but very few lived. Money poured in from around the world to help relief in Aberfan. A few days after the disaster, Queen Elizabeth visited the town and expressed her deep sympathy.
But on Friday, it was a happier occasion when the Queen fulfilled her promise to go back to Aberfan. She met many of the parents of the disaster victims, and then she opened the new 350-thousand-pound Merthyr Vale and Abefan Community centre, paid for by money form a disaster fund supported around the world.
The Queen, in opening the new centre, said it was a great achievement our the town.