National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
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Nov. 2nd 1925. The Dolgarrog Disaster
Utter devastation in Dolgarrog following the collapse of part of the Llyn Eigiau dam and subsequent burst of Coety Reservoir.
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Tonnes of water and debris descended on Dolgarrog, Conwy, 2/11/25, when the Coety Reservoir burst following the collapse of part of the Llyn Eigiau dam. 16 people were killed. Such was the interest in the disaster that police had to erect a roadblock to keep back crowds obstructing relief operations. This footage of the aftermath was shot by a Colwyn Bay cinema operator, Frank H Kenyon, who also worked as a ‘stringer’, supplying footage of local events to a newsreel company.