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Miners' Fortnight

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Visitors re-lived the days when all the local coal mines would have their annual two-week summer break, and all miners and their families would head down to the coast.
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Traditionally known as ‘Miners Fortnight,’ popular seaside resorts such as Porthcawl and Barry Island would be a hive of activity and known as ‘Hiya Butt Bay,’ simply because all the holidaymakers seemed to know each other - with many living in the same street, village, town and even working together in the same pit!
 
Miners’ Fortnight made return a this summer, but instead of heading off to the seaside, the Council brought the beach to its residents!
 
An ‘Urban Beach’ opened at the Welsh Mining Experience, Rhondda Heritage Park, on the weekend of July 29-30.
 
There was something for all ages - the grown-ups relaxed on a deckchair while the children have fun on the beach! There was also craft fayre, refreshments, aquarium and childrens’ rides.

Below are pictures of visitors enjoying the miners fortnight weekend.

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