Beneath the SurfaceA century ago there were reminders of the coal industry in most corners of Wales. 'Black gold' powered the wheels of industry and provided fuel for heating and cooking. Few visible signs of coal mining now remain in Wales. However, the irony is that coal now plays an important, unseen role in our modern culture, providing the raw material behind everyday products we take for granted. Coal touches our lives in ways that our mining ancestors could barely have imagined. Could it be that the central role of coal in the way we live today is a fitting testament to all the sacrifice and tragedy seen by the industry and those associated with it over the past 100 years?
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