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Guardian of the Valleys


The Six Bells colliery mining explosion in Abertillery was one of worst post-war coal mining disasters in UK history when on the morning of 28 June 1960 an underground gas and coal dust explosion claimed the lives of 45 local men.


The 20 metre high statue of a miner, known as the Guardian of the Valleys, was created to serve as a reminder of the terrible price that miners from all over Wales and the world have paid working in the mining industry. Created by Sebastien Boyesen, the statue is made from thousands of metal strips. Boyesen had only six months to complete the statue, a complex job that would normally take at least a year.

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