After 30 years in the Aberfan nightmare, the healing has begun

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Gaynor Madgwick (above) has taken 30 years to come to terms with surviving the Aberfan disaster. However, she hopes that the launch yesterday of her book, Struggling Out Of the Darkness (published by Valley and Vale), will help to exorcise the memory of the day in October 1966 when her school was buried by coal waste, killing 144, including her brother and sister. Ms Madgwick, pictured in the village cemetery, said she hoped the book would "help other survivors".

Photograph: Rob Stratton