Watching ‘The Crown’ from my recliner, brings those memories back. Like the royal family portrayed in this story, I have aged since the time of the second series.
Looking back to 1966 as the various episodes of this series does it tells the story of Aberfan. I was a young sales representative at the time and I was working in South Wales. On Thursday night I stayed in a hotel in Cardiff. The hotel I was in was full of rugby players from the Australian rugby tourists. Unfortunately, I met some of them in the bar. Now at that time, I thought I could drink but it was hard to keep up with those boys.
Next morning I woke up with the biggest hangover ever! It was wet and very miserable, I booked out of the hotel and got to my car. A Ford Cortina estate no less, then looked at my call cards to see where I should be going. I decided that going to Merthyr and the surrounding valleys was not a good idea. So instead I set off back to Birmingham and home. Remember though this was 1966 and my car did not have a radio in it (it only had a 3-speed gearbox). So I knew nothing of the disaster happening in Aberfan until I got home in the afternoon. I looked back at the cards I had with customer details. My first call, if I had done it, should have been in Aberfan!
If I had done that first call I may not have been here now!
It was very moving to watch how the disaster was portrayed in the new series of The Crown. However, when you look back you realise how nieve we were back then. How the coal board lied to everyone and covered up the disastrous mistakes that they had made. The cover-up went right through to the government and they made sure, in my opinion, that the real truth didn’t get out at that time.
Unfortunately, subsequent cover-ups continue to happen and no one ever seems to be at fault, there will never be closure for the Liverpool families after Hillsborough and it seems as though the fire at Grenfell will end up being the same, no one at fault.
So many things and times come to mind as I relax in my recliner chair and I often think what if! I have those opportunities to look back through and I am so fortunate for that. People have had their lives decimated and will never get the chance to relax as I do. If it had not been for those hard-drinking Australians all those years ago who knows what might have happened to me.
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