July 2 was a day of particular sadness for Wales. Famous Welsh Labour Party leader?
July 2 was a day of particular sadness for Wales. Famous Welsh Labour Party leader Nye Bevan was lying critically ill, and in the village of Six Bells, Monmouthshire, thousands of mourners gathered to pay tribute to the 45 victims of the pit disaster there.
They came to the valley from all over Wales - a sombre procession of relatives, fellow miners, officials, local authorities and Members of Parliament.
Slowly they climbed the hill to the cemetery overlooking the pit that has stood silent since disaster struck.
Twenty-six miners were buried July 2 - some here, in graves close together; others in graves elsewhere. In this village the victims had played together as boys and grown up together. Now, all was silent as the mourners patiently waited for the coffins to arrive. Fellow miners acted as bearers.
And so, without the singing traditional at Welsh funerals, the last act took place in Wales' worst mining disaster for many years.