THE PRINCE of Wales paid a visit to one of Wrexham's most historically important sites today (March 1).

William, Prince of Wales took a tour of four sites across the city on St David's Day to celebrate Welsh culture and the city’s vibrant community spirit.

He paid a visit to the Turf, where he pulled his very own pint and met Rob McElhenney, and also stopped by at the STok Cae Ras and All Saint's School.

But, the Prince's final stop saw him visit a place which holds great and poignant historical value to the area; the Gresford Colliery Memorial.

This year marks the 90th anniversary of what was one of the most serious disasters in British coal mining history.

More than 500 men were trapped underground following the explosion in the early hours of the morning, with the number of workers on site much larger than usual as many had doubled their shifts so they could watch a Wrexham football match later that day.


During the visit, The Prince met relatives of those who were killed in the disaster and heard from committee members who have been key in setting up the memorial and preserving the history of the colliery.

Among them was Ruby McBurney, a surviving child of one of the Gresford Disaster victims.

His Royal Highness also met members from the Wrexham Miners Rescue Station which opened in 1913 to train rescuers on various techniques on how to save miners.

In 1934, many of those who trained at the station helped in the mission to save workers trapped as a result of the Gresford disaster, with three rescue workers losing their lives.

Take a look at some of the pictures from the Prince's visit to the memorial in our gallery above.