Coventry's name to live on in Welsh mining village

By Steve Carpenter Thursday 01 November 2012 Updated: 05/11 13:52

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The playground which was paid for by the people of Coventry.

A NEW housing development on the site of a memorial playground funded by the people of Coventry in memory of those killed in the Aberfan disaster almost 50 years ago is set to be named Coventry Gardens.

Coventry Playground stood in the Welsh mining community of Merthyr Vale as a memorial to the 116 children and 28 adults who died in 1966 when a coal waste tip slid down the mountains and hit Pantglas Junior School and neighbouring homes.

It opened in 1970 and was funded with donations collected in the city after the disaster on October 21, 1966.

But the Observer reported last month how it was being dismantled and replaced by 11 bungalows as part of a regeneration in the village.

The leader of Merthyr Tydfil Borough Council confirmed this week the name Coventry would now be incorporated into the name and a memorial plaque honouring the people of the city would be a focal point in the housing scheme.

“I am delighted to hear the generosity of the people of Coventry will continue to be recognised at Aberfan,” said Coun Steven Thomas, one of only two Welsh councillors in Coventry.

“Although the playground has outlived its natural life and local people’s need for housing is now greater, future generations will know how Coventrians responded to the tragedy, and will be reminded why these houses bear the name of our city.”

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