FROM THE ARGUS ARCHIVE: Strike at Llanhilleth Colliery, Abertillery
5:20pm Tuesday 11th September 2012 in News
100 YEARS AGO
● A FARMER was killed at Varteg when the horse pulling his trap took fright and threw him into the road. His injuries caused instantaneous death.
● An application was made for a new disinfecting station in Newport. The town clerk explained that the current provision at Allt-yr-yn was inadequate and the hilly approach inconvenient.
● A local man sustained critical injuries following a quarrel with a fellow workman at Messrs Baldwin’s Panteg steelworks.
● Newport County lost to rivals Cardiff City 0-2 in County’s first away game in the Second Division of the Southern League.
50 YEARS AGO
● There were three road traffic accidents in the space of a few minutes on the main Western Valley- Ebbw Vale road at Aberbeeg. Two buses and two cars held up traffic for two hours.
● Heavy rain and high winds brought floods to many parts of the county and a flood warning was issued on the river Usk.
● First details of the Queen’s visit to Monmouthshire were unveiled at a Chamber of Trade meeting. It was announced that she would officially open the Spencer works on Friday, October 26.
● Work stopped completely at Llanhilleth Colliery, Abertillery, after 140 men on the afternoon shift came out on strike. They were later joined by day and night-shift workers.
● An inspector of mines was called to Arael Griffin colliery, Six Bells, after three buckets fell from the aerial ropeway in the space of a few days.
25 YEARS AGO
● Gwent councillors delayed talks on a new Western Valley railway service until a decision had been made on the opening of a line to Ebbw Vale’s 1992 Garden Festival.
● Following the screening of a TV documentary, No Place Like Home, which highlighted domestic violence, Women’s Aid groups in Gwent reported that calls for help had doubled.
● Labour MP Paul Murphy joined the fight to save the threatened maternity unit at County Hospital, Panteg, claiming that the loss of services would be the tip of an iceberg heralding the end of