Memorial stone for the lost Gleision miners
A MEMORIAL stone for the lost Gleision miners is to be unveiled at 5.30pm. tomorrow 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, two years ago 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 ton he site of old Tareni Colliery, near the cycle track, opposite Swansea Valley Tyres, on Gnoll Road. The spot is already home to a display board recalling another disaster at Tareni in 1909 when five men were drowned underground.