This Saturday marks 125 years since the mining explosion which killed 112 men and boys at the Parc Slip Colliery near Tondu.
60 women were widowed and 153 children lost their fathers on this terrible day, which is thought to have been caused by a faulty Davy lamp.
One and a quarter centuries later, it’s vitally important that we continue to remember those who sadly died or were injured in the tragedy. Events like this are a stark reminder of the value of the protections we now enjoy in the workplace and at home.
This weekend our thoughts will be with the relatives of those who lost their lives in such dreadful circumstances.
Our thanks to the Parc Slip Memorial Committee who built the memorial at the nature reserve and have kept the memory of the disaster alive for the last 25 years.
We will be attending the service to mark the anniversary at the Parc Slip Nature Reserve, which starts at 8:20am, the exact time the explosion occurred. Please do come along to commemorate 125 years since the disaster if you are able to.
Chris Elmore MP
Huw Irranca-Davies AM
Councillor Huw David, Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council