John Hopla Society

John Hopla plaque

TABS is proud to be part of and supporting the John Hopla Society. Adriana Joseph (all the way from Transylvania) will be designing and making the new wooden plaque.

He was the Welsh mining hero whose leadership of the Tonypandy riots saw him jailed in his fight for a living wage.

When John Hopla took on the might of the mine owners in 1910 around 50 of his colleagues died underground every year with hundreds more injured.

In the days before the NHS he set up a medical scheme for sick and injured workmen.

Now a near century old plaque paid for by the miners themselves in tribute to their long-forgotten leader has been rediscovered after it was panelled over in a social club.