The centenary of the Universal Colliery disaster at Senghenydd
Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor, Cllr Ann Crimmings, is representing the County Borough during a day of events marking the 100th anniversary of Britain's worst mining disaster.
Thousands of people around the world are remembering the 440 miners killed during an explosion which happened just after 8am at Universal Colliery, Senghenydd, on October 14, 1913.
The devastating explosion was caused by a build up of firedamp (methane) gas being ignited.
To mark the centenary of the event, the Wales National Mining Memorial has been unveiled to remember the Senghenydd disaster and 150 other mining tragedies in Wales including the most recent, when four men died at Gleision in the Swansea Valley in 2011.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council was delighted to donate £25,000 towards the memorial project.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor, Cllr Ann Crimmings, who attended the poignant ceremony, said: “It is important we commemorate the centenary of the worst mining disaster in British history in such a way.
“It may have happened 100 years ago, but the impact of that fateful explosion is still felt in the small mining community of Senghenydd, and indeed around the whole of Wales and the rest of the UK, to this day.”
Also attending the unveiling of the Wales National Mining Memorial was Wales First Minister Carwyn Jones.