Tributes paid at miner's funeral
Relatives of a man killed in a mining disaster have paid tribute to an "adored partner and devoted father" during an emotional funeral service.
Garry Jenkins, from Rhiwfawr near Cwmtwrch, was one of four men who died when water engulfed the Gleision Colliery in Cilybebyll, Pontardawe, on September 15.
More than 400 mourners packed into Beulah Chapel, Lower Cwmtwrch, for the service.
As well as the hundreds of friends, family and well wishers, MP Peter Hain, Welsh actor Steven Meo and former Wales rugby coach Clive Rowlands attended the funeral.
The gold-handled coffin, adorned with white flowers and wreaths that spelled Dad and Brother, was carried into the chapel by six pallbearers as music played. Mr Jenkins's family wept as they followed the coffin slowly inside.
Tributes were paid to the 39-year-old, who has been described by his loved ones as an "adored partner" and "devoted father".
Reverend Ryan Thomas conducted the service, which lasted almost an hour. Mourners waited quietly outside, unable to all fit into the chapel.
A few brief words written by the family were printed on the order of service thanking those that had attended and for "every kindness" extended to them during their "sad loss".
Neath MP Peter Hain said: "This was a service of emotion and passion, and at the same time comradeship and support, as this former mining community, with still a lot of mining in it, has wrapped its arms around the family and memory of Garry Jenkins in a very moving way.
"There was a lot of family here expressing undoubtedly their strong emotions and that was very evident in seeing everybody and being with everybody here today."