Posted: Fri 21st Oct 2016

50th Anniversary Of The Aberfan Disaster – Commemorative Events Information

This article is old - Published: Friday, Oct 21st, 2016

With the 50th Anniversary of the Aberfan Disaster, this Friday, 21st October, 2016 many residents and visitors will wish to pay their respects at one of the many commemorative events being held this week across the County Borough. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

In light of this and with increased traffic to the area, we want to ensure that residents and visitors are aware of important information in relation to parking arrangements, closures and changes to some services. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

On Thursday 20th October, the day before the anniversary, the Council will be hosting a public service at St David’s Parish Church, High Street, Merthyr Tydfil at 7.00pm, where members of the public are invited to come along and pay their respects. The service will be conducted by the Assistant Bishop of Llandaff, The Right Reverend David Wilbourne, and the Mayor’s Chaplin Father Mark Prevett. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

In order to accommodate additional presence in the town centre that evening, the multi-storey car park will remain open until 9pm. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Please note: Parking at Ty Gwyn (adjacent to Lloyds Bank) will be closed for the duration of the day on Thursday 20th October for vehicles to support the Church Service. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

On Friday 21st October, the day of the anniversary, a public service will take place at Aberfan Cemetery at 9.15am where there will be a service by The Mayor’s Chaplin Father Mark Prevett and will involve the official laying of wreaths. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

There will be restricted vehicle access to the cemetery during this time, therefore members of the public are asked to park in an overflow car park at Grove Field, where a shuttle bus service will be available to transport people to and from the cemetery. Please note this shuttle service will run from 8.00am to 10.30am. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Books of Condolence will be available for members of the public to sign in Aberfan Library, Merthyr Tydfil CBC’s Civic Centre and Cyfarthfa Castle Museum. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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