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'Miners' fortnight' remembered

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The last week of July and the first week of August were traditionally 'miners' fortnight' - the main summer holiday period for colliers across Wales.

The mines were closed for two weeks for annual maintenance and the miners sought respite and sunshine in seaside resorts like Porthcawl, which were at their peak of popularity.

Carwyn Jones takes a look back at miners' fortnight.

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