Rugby teams to lock horns again in memory of Senghenydd mining disaster victims
1:43pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
TWO sides will re-enact a rugby match that took place 100 years ago to raise money for those affected by the Senghenydd mining disaster.
In 1913, Christ College Brecon and Crickhowell Youth locked horns during the aftermath of the explosion at Universal Colliery that killed 440 men and boys.
Archives from Crickhowell RFC show their youth team ran out 9-6 winners in a tightly fought contest in front of a large crowd.
Both sides will play again on September 21, less than a month before a Welsh National Mining Memorial is unveiled on the Universal Colliery site to mark the centenary of the disaster.
The memorial will be installed ahead of a special ceremony on October 14, with people from around Caerphilly county and the rest of Wales getting involved.
Jack Humphreys, chairman of the Aber Valley Heritage Group organising the Senghenydd Memorial event, said: “The game between these two sides 100 years ago generated much needed funds for the families whose relatives died in the Universal Colliery explosion. This return fixture marking the centenary of the Senghenydd Mining Disaster is a fitting tribute and we’re pleased to have the support of both teams once again.”
Maldwyn Powell, archivist at Crickhowell RFC said £7 3s 2d was donated, which would equate to around £800 in today’s money.
For ffurther details, or to send a donation, please contact Maldwyn Powell (Crickhowell RFC) on 01873 811 273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively contact Felicity Kilpatrick or Tim Trumper at Christ College, Brecon on 01874 615440.
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