LAST week we featured a picture of the Cwmtillery Colliery, Cwmtillery, Abertillery, c.1914.

The then photograph was found in Abertillery, Aberbeeg and Llanhilleth by the Abertillery and District Museum Society and Simon Eckley.

THE now picture was taken by Martin Green of Cwmbran in 2008 from almost exactly the same location above Cwmtillery.

Martin was born in 1959 in the house nearest the colliery entrance, which is now the entrance to the playing field. He lived in the house until he left home at the age of sixteen.

Returning infrequently to the place he was born, he has seen many changes to the area. Still having fond memories of his childhood, he now brings his own children and grandchildren to the lake and bores them silly with stories of his adventures in the hills around, and attempts to give them an idea of how the place has changed over the years.

I INSTANTLY recognised today’s photo, as I lived in the area for 44 years, from the age of 9. My late father was the colliery undermanager and we lived in one of the two villas alongside the lake. I also got married in the church behind in 1974. Thank you for sharing this photo - I have many happy memories of my time living there.

Glenda Harber, Newbridge

IT IS CWMTILLERY, myself and my partner Julie currently live in Brookside Row which is one of the rows behind the pit. We returned here to live last year after living away for many years having both being brought up in the area.

Peter Hunt, Cwmtillery