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Abercynon Mining Memorial


The original Abercynon Mining Memorial plaque, which was stolen for its scrap value

The Abercynon Mining Memorial has been reinstated in all its glory and will be re-dedicated at a special ceremony on July 24.

It follows the theft of the original bronze plaque in 2012, which sent shockwaves through the whole community.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor, Cllr John Watts, who himself worked in the coal industry, will officially unveil the new plaque.

Cllr John Watts said: “This will be a huge honour for me as I retired in 2010 after a long career in electrical engineering, a career which began in 1958 with my NCB apprenticeship at Tonypandy Powerhouse, later moving on to Cambrian Colliery and Lady Windsor Colliery.

“This will be an important day for the whole community and I urge everyone who is able to, to come along and join in this event to mark our strong industrial heritage.”

Abercynon Colliery was opened in 1889 by the Dowlais Iron Company, at a cost of £270,000, to feed the steelworks in Cardiff. Two mine shafts were sunk.

During the construction of the colliery, 18 men lost their lives. A further five men lost their lives underground during an accident in 1906.

At the height of its production, 2,794 people worked at Abercynon Colliery, which was later connected underground to Lady Windsor Colliery, Ynysybwl. It finally closed in February 1988.

The Abercynon Mining Memorial, situated at Navigation Park - on the site of the former colliery - is in memory of those who lost their lives and in honour of everyone who once worked there.

Thieves sadly desecrated the memorial in 2012 and stole the bronze plaque. It was one of many metal thefts in South Wales and Rhondda Cynon Taf, in partnership with South Wales Police, launched a hard-hitting film in response, titled Metal Snatchers: The Dark Side of Metal Theft.

The short film revealed the serious impact of thefts of this nature.

The re-dedication of the Abercynon Mining Memorial, Navigation Park, Abercynon, takes place on Thursday, July 24, at noon. The public are welcome to attend.

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