the chance to visit the Guardian Mining Memorial this
Towering above the village of Six Bells, in the heart of the Valleys, the Guardian
stands as a monument to the mining industry that once dominated
this landscape and commemorates the lives lost in the 1960 Six
Bells Colliery disaster.
Despite visiting several times in the past, the monument never
fails to impress. And this time we were lucky to get a guided
tour of local expert Meg Gurney.
She has a wealth of knowledge on the Guardian - the process of
building it, the history of the Six Bells site and the mining
industry locally. She also told us some poignant stories of
those who perished in the disaster and those who had lucky
escapes. Hearing these stories added so much more to the
If you're visiting, be sure to call in to Tŷ Ebbw Fach. The former
coaching inn has been transformed into an information centre about
Guardian, whilst also providing light snacks and refreshments in
its excellent coffee shop.
For more information on the Guardian or Tŷ Ebbw Fach click on the