I made a visit to Senghenydd recently to view the newly opened Memorial Garden that commemorates the many mining disasters that have occurred in Wales, and the two disasters in particular at Senghenydd.
The bronze statue depicts a rescue worker coming to the aid of a mine worker after a mining accident.
The statue is surrounded by a wall of remembrance dedicated to those who lost their lives at the Senghenydd disasters. The wall features a ceramic tile for each person detailing their name, age and address and these were hand made by a local ceramic artist helped by local schoolchildren.
Three members of my family are commemorated.
Around the area of the wall is a path of memory, comprising a paving stone dedicated to each of the 152 mining disasters that have occurred across Wales. The tiles, again made by ceramic artist Ned Heywood list the name of the colliery, show the date of the disaster, the number of people who lost their lives and the tile sponsor.
The memorial is surrounded by a landscaped garden for quiet contemplation and the whole project has been organised by the Aber heritage Group. My praise to all concerned for their hard work.