Blaina is a small town in South Wales in the country of Monmouthshire with a population of 4,808. Like many towns and villages in the local area, Blaina was well known for its mining and coal pits. They provided employment for lots of men and boys, chiefly at the Lower Deep colliery, which was opened in 1860, closed in 1975, and at its peak in 1918 had a workforce of 1,417 miners. It was absorbed into Beynon's Colliery in 1922, and a memorial made of the old pit head wheels was created to remember the miners. Famous residents of Blaina include Arthur Fear and Parry Jones, rugby union and rugby league player Raymond "Ray" Price, and soldier turned author Frank Richards, who was responsible for one of the most widely acclaimed memoirs of the Great War, "Old Soldiers Never Die". More recently, Blaina made the news in 2015, when two residents of the town were charged following the seizure of eight kilos of cocaine worth around £1m, and charged with conspiring to supply class A drugs and money laundering offences.