Surviving Aberfan

1 x 60 minutes, BBC

This film commemorates the 50th anniversary of one of the worst children’s disasters in history.

On 21st October 1966 a gigantic slag heap slid downhill at 80 mph to crush several houses and the junior school in the Welsh mining village of Aberfan. Children and staff were buried alive and 144 died. But some miraculously escaped death.
Using personal testimony and rare archive, this is the untold story of heroic rescue and dramatic escape of the survivors. It is also the story of the heartbreak of families who lost their sons and daughters, and how they found the strength to carry on.


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