Land of the poets

Photographs of Aberfan.

Mr Rapoport spent a lot of time in a local pub – the Mackintosh Hotel.
Regulars were curious about the man from America. The landlord even advised him to leave one day as Dai George, the “toughest man in the valley” hated reporters.

Known by then as “the Yank”, he bought the infamous Mr George a pint, only to be met with “every curse word under the sun.”

But he explained to him he was not a reporter, but a “poet with a camera”, and began reciting Dylan Thomas.

“The whole place started smiling,” said Mr Rapoport.

Mr George said “he was in the land of poets” and told him “If you have any problems you just tell them you’re Dai George’s buddy.”