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Southampton children to lead Titanic commemoration
A PERSONAL tribute to the hundreds of Southampton residents who died on board the Titanic will be led by the children of the city, as part of the centenary commemoration of the disaster.
More than 600 schoolchildren will parade through Southampton holding placards bearing the pictures of all those who served as crew and who lost their lives when the ship went down.
They will lead the poignant tribute to the men and women who were aboard RMS Titanic when she sank as part of the opening ceremony for the city’s SeaCity museum – the visitor attraction dedicated to the disaster.
The parade led by Southampton’s Youth Brass Band will lead from the Engineers memorial, along Above Bar and then along Commercial Road towards the new museum in Havelock Road from noon on April 10, exactly 100 years on from when the ill-fated liner left the city.
For several months the youngsters from more than 27 schools across the city have been researching the crew members and all the information they have gathered will be written on the back of each placard they carry.
Of the 897 crew members |on the Titanic, 714 were |from Southampton. In total 685 crew members lost |their lives, with 538 registered to a Southampton |address.
Cabinet member for Resources, Leisure and Culture John Hannides said: “This will be a truly fitting tribute to all those crew members who lost their lives on the Titanic.”
As previously reported by the Daily Echo organisers are appealing for descendants of victims of the Titanic to take part in the ceremony.
Relatives wanting to take part in the event should email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 023 8042 4492 or write to Keith Hamilton, Southern Daily Echo, Test Lane, Redbridge, Southampton SO16 9JX.
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