Memorial for Gleision mine victims is unveiled
A MEMORIAL stone for the lost Gleision miners is to be officially unveiled today in the shadow of the hillside that took their lives.
David Powell, 50, Charles Breslin, 62, Philip Hill, 44, and Garry Jenkins, 39, lost their lives when water flooded the Gleision Mine, near Pontardawe in the Swansea Valley, in September 2011.
Their families and local communities, as well as the wider world, were grief-stricken as they attempted to come to terms with their loss.
The Swansea Valley Miners' Appeal Fund, which was set up by Neath MP Peter Hain to help the families, went on to raise over £1million with money coming in from all over the world.
Now Ystalyfera Community Council has commissioned a memorial as three of the lost miners lived in its boundaries.
The stone was donated by Cwmnantlleici Quarry, in Ynysmeudwy, and has been placed on the site of old Tareni Colliery, near the cycle track, opposite Swansea Valley Tyres in Gnoll Road. The spot is already home to a display board recalling another disaster at Tareni in 1909 when five men were drowned underground.
Rosalyn Davies, a councillor for the Godrergraig ward, said: "With three of the men, David Powell, Garry Jenkins and Charles Breslin having come from our community it's very important that we have a memorial. We are grateful to the Cwmnantlleici Quarry in Ynysmeudwy for donating the stone and the community council paid for the tablet that has gone on it.
"It's on the site of the old Tareni mines and there a path leading from there up to the Gleision mine.
"We have invited the families and the High Sheriff of West Glamorgan, Gaynor Richards, who lived in Ystalyfera for many years."
The memorial will be unveiled by Ystalyfera Community Council's chairman Geraint Williams. at 5.30pm.
Refreshments will be served afterwards in Godrergraig working men's club.