Southampton remembers the departure of Titanic 100 years on

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SIRENS sounded across Southampton port at exactly 12pm today to mark the 100th anniversary of the moment the ill-fated White Star Liner, Titanic, left the dockside.

A recording of the Titanic's whistle gave three long blasts to signify the moment a century ago that she slipped her mooring to leave Southampton docks for a date with history.

A large audience of invited guests including relatives of those who travelled on Titanic attended a moving ceremony at the city's Ocean Terminal at dock gate four where the great liner left from.

Meridian Tonight presenter Fred Dinenage, who lost a great uncle when the ship sank on the night of April 14 and morning of April 15 was host for the event.

Music was provided by the Southampton Choral Society and the Royal Marines Association Concert Band.

The guests were taken through a moving account of the Titanic's story and in particular how the sinking cost so many lives of the crew from Southampton.

After prayers, wreath laying on the water was led by the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan.

The entire audience were later presented with a single rose to cast into the sea as their own mark of remembrance.

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The event was organised in association with Southampton Solent University and was also supported by the Daily Echo and Southampton City Council.

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1:26pm Tue 10 Apr 12

George4th says...

Well done to all those involved. Excellent.
Well done to all those involved. Excellent. George4th
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2:11pm Tue 10 Apr 12

owen_thesaints says...

George4th wrote:
Well done to all those involved. Excellent.
Are you Royston?
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Well done to all those involved. Excellent.[/p][/quote]Are you Royston? owen_thesaints
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2:15pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Shoong says...

owen_thesaints wrote:
George4th wrote:
Well done to all those involved. Excellent.
Are you Royston?
Maybe he's just trying to take pride in the city he lives in rather than bashing it all the time and/or holding the city to ransom every other couple of weeks.
[quote][p][bold]owen_thesaints[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Well done to all those involved. Excellent.[/p][/quote]Are you Royston?[/p][/quote]Maybe he's just trying to take pride in the city he lives in rather than bashing it all the time and/or holding the city to ransom every other couple of weeks. Shoong
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2:46pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Linesman says...

Shoong wrote:
owen_thesaints wrote:
George4th wrote:
Well done to all those involved. Excellent.
Are you Royston?
Maybe he's just trying to take pride in the city he lives in rather than bashing it all the time and/or holding the city to ransom every other couple of weeks.
Just one disaster commemorating another disaster.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owen_thesaints[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Well done to all those involved. Excellent.[/p][/quote]Are you Royston?[/p][/quote]Maybe he's just trying to take pride in the city he lives in rather than bashing it all the time and/or holding the city to ransom every other couple of weeks.[/p][/quote]Just one disaster commemorating another disaster. Linesman
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3:10pm Tue 10 Apr 12

eurogordi says...

Hopefully Royston Smith will be experiencing another sinking feeling in a few weeks when the local election results are announced.
Hopefully Royston Smith will be experiencing another sinking feeling in a few weeks when the local election results are announced. eurogordi
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3:36pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Huffter says...

12pm? Would that be 12 midnight or twelve noon?
12pm? Would that be 12 midnight or twelve noon? Huffter
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4:16pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Shoong says...

Linesman wrote:
Shoong wrote:
owen_thesaints wrote:
George4th wrote:
Well done to all those involved. Excellent.
Are you Royston?
Maybe he's just trying to take pride in the city he lives in rather than bashing it all the time and/or holding the city to ransom every other couple of weeks.
Just one disaster commemorating another disaster.
That's the spirit!

We all wish our lives were as fun as yours.
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owen_thesaints[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: Well done to all those involved. Excellent.[/p][/quote]Are you Royston?[/p][/quote]Maybe he's just trying to take pride in the city he lives in rather than bashing it all the time and/or holding the city to ransom every other couple of weeks.[/p][/quote]Just one disaster commemorating another disaster.[/p][/quote]That's the spirit! We all wish our lives were as fun as yours. Shoong
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4:24pm Tue 10 Apr 12

loosehead says...

I watched the BBC National & local broadcast on the Titanic events taking place in Southampton.
The Sea City Looked great.the children looked great & the signs of respect at the berths really showed the people of this city as being a great people full of pride & respect.
Would this have happened if the Socialists had their way? who knows? we had people from every where paying to go into the museum & wanting to come back.
people on the MS Balmoral saying they were visiting the museum as soon as the voyage finishes.
A lady from Portsmouth with nothing but praise for the museum & saying she would come back time & time again so why aren't sections of our population ( city) happy or proud of this great display of our seafaring history?
Love or Hate the Tories this has been a great day of memorial & celebration so come on start shouting about how great this city is & was
I watched the BBC National & local broadcast on the Titanic events taking place in Southampton. The Sea City Looked great.the children looked great & the signs of respect at the berths really showed the people of this city as being a great people full of pride & respect. Would this have happened if the Socialists had their way? who knows? we had people from every where paying to go into the museum & wanting to come back. people on the MS Balmoral saying they were visiting the museum as soon as the voyage finishes. A lady from Portsmouth with nothing but praise for the museum & saying she would come back time & time again so why aren't sections of our population ( city) happy or proud of this great display of our seafaring history? Love or Hate the Tories this has been a great day of memorial & celebration so come on start shouting about how great this city is & was loosehead
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4:53pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Saintlygirl says...

Please can people stop bringing politics into this and remember wot the actual event is about: the beginning of a traumatic event that affected most Southampton residents at the time. It's lovely that children now have somewhere 2 go 2 learn more about this sad event and it helps all 2 remember. RIP all those who list their lives 100 years ago on Sat. XxX
Please can people stop bringing politics into this and remember wot the actual event is about: the beginning of a traumatic event that affected most Southampton residents at the time. It's lovely that children now have somewhere 2 go 2 learn more about this sad event and it helps all 2 remember. RIP all those who list their lives 100 years ago on Sat. XxX Saintlygirl
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5:24pm Tue 10 Apr 12

George4th says...

eurogordi wrote:
Hopefully Royston Smith will be experiencing another sinking feeling in a few weeks when the local election results are announced.
This event has given the City of Southampton a Big Boost in the Media - it is putting the City of Southampton on the map. We need to build on that, not flipping ruin it!

The City of Southampton suffered 25 years of lack of investment, driving business away, no planning, no strategy, wasting money, inertia and incompetence by the previous Labour/LibDem councils. Are you telling me you want that back again?! (I am assuming you live in Southampton!)
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: Hopefully Royston Smith will be experiencing another sinking feeling in a few weeks when the local election results are announced.[/p][/quote]This event has given the City of Southampton a Big Boost in the Media - it is putting the City of Southampton on the map. We need to build on that, not flipping ruin it! The City of Southampton suffered 25 years of lack of investment, driving business away, no planning, no strategy, wasting money, inertia and incompetence by the previous Labour/LibDem councils. Are you telling me you want that back again?! (I am assuming you live in Southampton!) George4th
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5:35pm Tue 10 Apr 12

SOULJACKER says...

How spooky was that whistle sound, I heard it in Bevois Valley & it bought a lump to the throat!

Sad occasion but very thought provoking with it.

Well done for once Southampton council :)
How spooky was that whistle sound, I heard it in Bevois Valley & it bought a lump to the throat! Sad occasion but very thought provoking with it. Well done for once Southampton council :) SOULJACKER
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7:46am Wed 11 Apr 12

freemantlegirl2 says...

I had mixed feelings about it, but agree, politics should be put aside for that day - it doesn't matter who organised it really does it. From what I could see the Sea City musuem looked a bit scant but will reserve judgement until i've been myself and had a look. I was more interested in the Maritime Musuem in Canada really as they seemed to have more artifacts and things like a child's shoes which evokes a whole lot of feelings about the disaster.

Sirens were a really good idea, and it was fantastic that the city remembered the day the ship set sail on it's fateful voyage. I'm not from Southampton originally but can well understand how the disaster affects the City to this day and how many family futures were changed by it.

Well done to all those involved, there is no easy or 'right' way to comemmorate such an event .
I had mixed feelings about it, but agree, politics should be put aside for that day - it doesn't matter who organised it really does it. From what I could see the Sea City musuem looked a bit scant but will reserve judgement until i've been myself and had a look. I was more interested in the Maritime Musuem in Canada really as they seemed to have more artifacts and things like a child's shoes which evokes a whole lot of feelings about the disaster. Sirens were a really good idea, and it was fantastic that the city remembered the day the ship set sail on it's fateful voyage. I'm not from Southampton originally but can well understand how the disaster affects the City to this day and how many family futures were changed by it. Well done to all those involved, there is no easy or 'right' way to comemmorate such an event . freemantlegirl2
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