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Service to mark 50 years since Cambrian mining tragedy

A memorial service to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cambrian mining disaster is taking place.

Guest speakers, politicians, a prayer of remembrance and a tolling of bells will all remember the explosion that claimed 31 lives in 1965.

The colliery explosion was caused by firedamp after poor ventilation allowed a build-up of the flammable gas.

First minister Carwyn Jones and Rhondda Cynon Taff mayor John Watts will be among those attending.

Watch the archive footage above to see how events unfolded 50 years ago.

  • 17 May 2015