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    drfunbags wrote:
    shambolic waste of public money. 15m could have been the ice rink we have been craving for years, improvements to parks, cleaning up, providing facilities for youngsters (im sorry no kid will go to a museum unless dragged by a parent or on a school trip)

    And as for the so called free tickets, lots of us havn't ever recieved these and what happens when you phone up?

    you get told that they are not reissuing them!

    why not have something which everybody can use or relate to?

    My council tax has been wasted on yet another elitist pursuit, arts quarters and museums are a joke. instead of trying to attract people to the city centre how about we offer improvements to those people who have paid thousands in tax over the years in their own neighbourhoods.

    How many residents would have preferred better improvements to local facilities?

    maybe a swimming pool, youth centres, ice rinks, improvements to the municipal golf course, improvements to the sports centre, repairing the derilict areas of the city.
    "shambolic waste of public money" No! The shambolic waste of public money occurred in the preceding 25years of this current council! - No Investment, No Planning, No Idea!!!
    The SeaCity Museum is the best thing that has happened in the City of Southampton for many years - you should be celebrating it rather than dissing it.
    And there are many more plans for the future - look at the SCC website - amazing projects!"
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SeaCity Museum officially opened

First published in Southampton Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Politics and business reporter

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Southampton's £15m Titanic museum was officially declared open today in front of a crowd of hundreds including many descendants of victims of the tragedy.

Amid a sea of confetti, the SeaCity museum was declared open by eight year old Henry Ward whose great grandfather was a fireman onboard Titanic and survived the disaster.

Civic dignitaries including the mayor, council leader and Olympic rower James Cracknell led the ceremony which paid tribute to the hundreds of people from Southampton that perished on liner.

Holding placards with the faces of the crew who were on the ill fated liner, more than 600 youngsters from schools across the city paraded from the Titanic Engineers Memorial to the Civic Centre to mark the official opening of the SeaCity museum this lunchtime.

One of those taking part was four-year-old Jack Avery, from Eastleigh, Hampshire.

His mother, Kaye, discovered that her first cousin three times removed was a trimmer on board called James Avery.

She found out the link while researching her family tree and also discovered two of her own cousins who all met up today for the first time.

She said: ''We are all very proud of James and it's lovely for the children to be involved and to find out about their heritage.''

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