Please reset your password. At Pantglas school that day the hero would be the school dinner lady, 44-year-old Nansi Williams who was busy collecting lunch money from the children when the rumbling sound could be heard. £25 to the £501 jackpot. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our This account has been disabled. Aberfan will never forget the victims — and certainly not Williams who, unlike Lord Robens not even willing to give up his career, sacrificed her life to save the lives of children. These are proud working people.”. They become ghosts searching for the kids and that felt to us like a very strong image. The blame for the tragedy was placed squarely on the NCB, with the organisation’s chairman, Lord Robens, in particular being accused of making misleading statements. The opening line of the report set the tone for which the remainder was written: “Our strong and unanimous view is that the Aberfan disaster could and should have been prevented.”. All modifications were supported by town's current inhabitants, who wanted to see the story told.

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They’ve got better things to do.”. It emerged not only that the natural springs were common knowledge, but they were clearly sited on Ordnance Survey maps. In a remarkable act of self-sacrifice, Williams used her body to protect them as the avalanche crashed through the school, killing her instantly. It would be completely wrong to call it a breath of fresh air, but it was a breath of some air that gave the audience something to look at other than what they are used to.”, “There’s something so valuable in this episode,” adds costume designer Amy Roberts. Remembering the victims. The Aberfan tragedy touched people worldwide. We were unable to submit your feedback at this time. They also altered any visible interiors, adding in drapes and painting walls. The subtle pops of red throughout the village, which echo the queen’s brick-colored ensemble, were purposeful. Then there’s so much in between where you don’t know what goes on and you can do flights of fancy. “I learned from my days on Shakespeare In Love, when I thought it would be fun to have real dirt on the floor of the Globe Theatre,” Childs recalls. We may earn commission on some of the items you choose to buy. Tuesday 20th Oct 2020. Your password must be at least 8 characters, Please check the I'm not a robot checkbox, If you want to be a Photo Volunteer you must enter a ZIP Code or select your location on the map.

Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and Roberts focused on clothes from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, rather than 1966, because not everyone would've owned something current. You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. As soon as Joseph Fiennes started having his legs bitten during rehearsal, I realized, ‘We have to fake it a bit.’ You do learn on the job that no matter how much you want things to be absolutely real, it’s better to have some decent fakery involved.”, Ahead of filming, Goldman met with Nigel Walters, a former BBC Film cameraman who was one of the first to arrive in Aberfan the night of the disaster. Your account has been locked for 30 minutes due to too many failed sign in attempts. The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become

Please try again later. The cemetery is where many of the victims are buried. “I very much wanted it to be the colors of the earth,” Childs notes. It’s a story that really needed telling. A remarkable women indeed.

ON FRIDAY, October 21 1966, 54 years ago today, teachers and children of Pantglas junior school in the South Wales mining village of Aberfan were settling down in class for their last day at school before the half-term break. The disaster itself was rendered onscreen with a combination of practical shots and VFX.