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.