The 112 men and boys who lost their lives in the tragic mining disaster at Tondu, were remembered at Parc Slip Nature Reserve on Friday 26th August 2016, marking the 124 year anniversary of the explosion.
Huw and Chris Elmore MP attended the annual memorial with the Mayor of Bridgend Councillor Reg Jenkins and others, where they heard a moving account of the disaster by local historian Neville Granville, whose grandfather was one of the last of the few men to be brought out alive. This was followed by a period of silence in memory of those lost, and discussions with family members of miners who lost their lives.
An explosion in the mines, thought to have been caused by miner’s lamp, trapped and injured many people on the morning of 26th August 1892. A stone memorial fountain made up of 112 stones now stands as a permanent reminder of the tragedy, with one stone for every person who lost their life.
Huw by way of paying his respects commented, “Parc Slip is today a popular attraction for local visitors and tourists. It is rich in wildlife, and the beautiful setting makes the wildlife reserve a calming and tranquil place to visit. Yet it is also fitting that people remember the industrial legacy, and the hard and dangerous working conditions underground which led to one of the most tragic mining disasters in the country. This annual service at the stone fountain memorial is a fitting tribute to the men and boys who so tragically lost their lives on that fateful morning”.
Ogmore MP Chris Elmore said: “it’s a fitting tribute to the miners that we remember them in what now is a beautiful wildlife sanctuary. It’s important we remember those who lost their lives in the disaster and to I’m proud to have attended the event.”