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Chris Evans under fire for IGNORING minute's silence to mark Aberfan 50th anniversary

Mirror logo Mirror 24/10/2016 Halina Watts
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BBC presenter Chris Evans is under fire for ignoring the minute’s silence for the Aberfan disaster .

The radio star was accused of “arrogance” on the 50th anniversary of the tragedy on Friday which claimed the lives of 116 children and 28 adults.

Instead of marking the occasion on his Radio 2 breakfast show listeners heard him laugh and joke through an interview with rock star Phil Collins .

Some were outraged that Evans, 50, ignored the nationwide minute’s silence even though it was flagged up by BBC news reader Moira Stuart.

Other programmes, including BBC Breakfast on TV, observed the silent tribute to the victims and their families.

The moving mountain of coal sludge after the disaster at Aberfan when the coal tip avalanched through the Pantglas Junior School, killing 116 children and 28 adults. Fifty years since the Aberfan, Wales disaster Listener Peter Williams said: “Chris Evans has shown his arrogance on the national BBC radio show.

“On the bulletin it was reported that a one minute silence would be held in remembrance of those who perished in the Aberfan disaster 50 years ago.

“Well not on the BBC Radio 2 morning show. It was a slap in the face of all of those who lost children and adult family members in that horrific disaster.”

Listener Seerjay Nolth said: “I find it incredible that Chris Evans thought it more important to massage his millionaire friend Phil Collins ego instead of paying respects to children that died.”

Prime Minister Theresa May backed the minute’s silence at 9.15am last Friday - the anniversary of the disaster which wiped out a generation of children in Aberfan, South Wales.

A BBC spokesperson said: “The BBC covered the anniversary of Aberfan extensively across both news and our wider programming.

“Radio 2 remembered Aberfan this week with a discussion on Jeremy Vine’s programme, the hour-long documentary ‘The Voices of Aberfan’ on Thursday evening, Diane Louise Jordan marked the anniversary in The Sunday Hour, as well as in news bulletins throughout Friday’s programming.”


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