On 21st October 2016, on the 50th Anniversary of the Aberfan disaster, we broadcast extracts from an interview in which Aberfan disaster survivor Gaynor Madgwick told welsh broadcaster Doreen Jenkins what she remembered of that fateful day and how she came to write her first book ‘Aberfan -Struggling out of the Darkness – A Survivor’s Story’.
Gaynor was 8 years of age when her school and nearby houses were demolished by a moving coal tip, killing 144 people including 116 fellow pupils. Find out why she waited nearly 30 years to tell her story publicly and yet was still one of the first survivors to do so – and how it encouraged others to come forward.
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Advisory note: The start of this programme contains descriptions of the disaster some people may find distressing.
The programme was produced by Doreen Jenkins in 1996 and originally broadcast on Swansea Sound and in test transmissions for Valleys Radio. It was edited by Terry Mann and digitally re-mastered in 2016 by Meurig Hailstone at Reeltime Studios.