125 years after the disaster at the Parc Slip Colliery near Tondu, Bridgend, the local community came together to commemorate the tragedy.

An explosion, thought to have been caused by a faulty mining lamp, took the lives of 112 men and boys working at the mine.

Local politicians including Ogmore Member of Parliament, Chris Elmore, Assembly Member, Huw Irranca-Davies, and Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, Councillor Huw David, attended the memorial event on Saturday 26th August at the Parc Slip Nature Reserve.

Stating at 8:20am, marking the exact time the explosion occurred, local residents took part in a guided walk to commemorate those who lost their lives in the disaster.

Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore commented: “125 years on, it’s important that we come together to remember those who died, but also recognise the courage of those who helped in the rescue efforts which helped to save so many.”

The rescue effort following the tragedy saw 39 trapped miners brought to the surface. The operation continued well into the day following the initial explosion.

Huw Irranca-Davies AM added: “The dedication of Neville Granville and others in arranging this annual commemoration is commendable. The tranquil surroundings of the wildlife reserve add an extra poignancy to recalling the violent explosion that killed so many.”

A memorial comprised of 112 individual stones with water flowing over them now stands as a permanent memorial to those who died as a result of the accident.

The site of the colliery is now a nature reserve which is managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.