On the morning of October 21st 1966, the children of Aberfan were on their way to school for their last day before half term. But disaster struck when an avalanche of coal waste came down the mountain side.
Firefighters, Miners, Parents and Farmers were all quick to rush to the school to try and save those trapped under the waste. Over 2,000 people tried to save as many as they could and many formed human convaier belts.
Hour after hour after hour, no one gave up. But as time passed the hope of trying to find their loved one alive, began to fade.
Amazingly though, there were survivors. Jeff Edwards was the last child to be rescued from the rubble at approximately midday. A week later a joint funeral was held for all of the victims. The 2,000 people who tried to save them were all there.
Queen Elizabeth II came the day after the funeral to pay her respects and say's coming so late is one of her regrets.
The community came together to try and rebuild what had been destroyed and raised over two million pounds, with over 40 countries making donations. But it was the search for answers that was drawn out. The tribunal that started in November 1966 was finally published 10 months later. The specific cause for the disaster was put down to a build up of water that had collected in the pile. Heavy rain had fallen in the days before the disaster.
It was the NCB who were found guilty of extreme negligence, failing to head clear warnings. But no one was prosecuted or lost their job. 50 years on from the disaster.
Where the school once stood is now a memorial to those who lost their lives on that day.