Titanic centenary gets underway…

As the centenary of the the Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage approaches, Eastleigh is busy exploring its connections with the ship.

A season of events centred on the Berry Theatre in Hedge End, but getting out & about across the Borough, is looking at some of the stories behind the story of the Titanic.

Already revealed in a guided tour around West End by the Hamble Valley Heritage Guides, are the stories of  John Lovell a Grill-Cook on the Titanic and Fred Woolley the Secretary of the Titanic Relief Fund for ‘distressed dependents of the crew’.

This morning, the Hamble Valley Heritage Guides  are revealing more of the “Hidden History” behind the Titanic on a guided interactive theatre bus tour around the Borough of Eastleigh, with actors bringing some of the characters to life, including Captain Rostron of the Carpathia who rescued 705 survivors from the Titanic, Philip Curry the Manager of the White Star Line offices and the Collyer family from Bishopstoke who were passengers on the ship.

This afternoon a symposium at the Berry Theatre reveals  more stories from surviving relatives, historians, authors and local specialists in the subject.

There will also be a screening of the digitally remastered version of the 1958 movie “A night to Remember”, at the Berry Theatre this evening, and a discussion of Beryl Bainbridge’s book “Everyman for Himself” on Tuesday.

The main events commemorating the Titanic centenary, some of which are already sold-out, are to be held in neighbouring Southampton, the Town (as it was at the time) that provided many of the crew of the Titanic and which lost many of its citizens in the disaster.

Southampton’s official programme of events includes a wreath-laying ceremony in West End, on the grave of Capt Rostrum, at the Old Burial Ground in West End (behind the War Memorial), to be held at 11:15 am on Sunday 15th April.

Hosted by West End Local History Society, the service will be addressed by Revd. Brian Pickett, Vicar of St. James’ Church, West End.  Everybody is welcome to attend.

Once the main centenary events and the important commemoration of the loss of life is over, the anniversary programme resumes at the Berry Theatre with a musical “Titanic – Pride Of the White Star”, which runs from 18th -21st April.

  4 comments for “Titanic centenary gets underway…

  1. Peter Stewart
    April 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Euro. By an EERIE coincidence it also marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
    The Eurozone must see it’s no use bailing out when half the hull is missing! All hands abandon ship! Take to the lifeboats and row far away or be sucked down with the ship.
    But non, nein and no! Nobody is listening. The elite band fiddles on regardless and the good ship Euro rises some more. “She’s no longer sinking”, they cry (perhaps a tad half-heartedly) to pacify those for whom there are no lifeboats! Flares explode high in the night sky. “Fireworks”, they yell. From somewhere in the fog, cheering is heard. “She’s saved”!
    But her grim destiny is inescapable: Each time she rises above the merciless waters of the world markets, it is only because they are slowly and relentlessly pulling this doomed ship down into an icy grave.

    • April 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      That’s a great challenge you’re setting us here on Eastleigh News Peter. I’ve obviously failed again, ROFL. Well done..!

      • April 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm

        The challenge being to find something to write about which doesn’t have a European angle…!

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      April 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      Classic post Pete 😀

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