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Meteorite anniversary remembered
The Beddgelert meteorite was only the second known to have hit Wales

Sixty years ago a meteorite fell on a Snowdonia village, smashing a hole in a hotel roof.

Now the Beddgelert incident has been remembered in a series of events involving scientists, the public and schools.

Beddgelert Village Hall was open on 19 September 2009 for people to find out more.

It was on 21 September 1949 that the Prince Llewelyn Hotel was hit.

Reports from the time say many people in north Wales and Cheshire had seen a brilliant light travelling rapidly across the sky.

At 1.45am a guest at the Prince Llewelyn heard a series of dull explosions, ending with a buzzing sound 'like a light aeroplane', which grew in intensity until it was suddenly replaced by the sound of shattering roof slates.

The hotel manager was woken by his dog barking and heard a series of irregularly spaced bangs 'like a naval broadside', but then went back to sleep.

The next morning, in an upstairs lounge, his wife found a jagged hole in the ceiling, with plaster and a dark-coloured stone about the size of a cricket ball on the floor.

Neither the manager nor his wife knew what this was. But someone in the bar that evening, who had seen meteorites in a museum, recognised what it was.

A neat, round hole was later found in the roof.

The Beddgelert meteorite is only the second ever known to hit Wales - the other fell at Pontllyfni, near Caernarfon, in 1931.

Both the Beddgelert and Pontllyfni meteorites were cut up and the pieces distributed to museums, universities and research institutes.

The National Museum of Wales returned one piece to Beddgelert for the first time since 1949 as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations this year.

On 19 September there was a chance to find out more about meteorites and share memories and memorabilia of the Beddgelert strike in a special event organised by BBC Wales and the National Museum.



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