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News - 28 February 2012

Southampton remembers The Titanic

Southampton City Council in partnership with the BBC are to stage an event involving 600 school children who will parade through Southampton carrying placards depicting the Southampton residents who served as crew members on the RMS Titanic in a poignant tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in the disaster.

The event, taking place on April 10, will see more than 27 schools across the city help to mark the opening of the Sea City Museum, which will feature a permanent Titanic exhibition.

Schools have been busy for several months researching the 897 crew members of the Titanic. In total 685 crew members lost their lives, 538 of those were registered to a Southampton address. Their names - along with any other known information - will be inscribed onto the back of placards, with an image of the crew member on the front.

Then at 12 noon on April 10, each of the 600 school children will hold their placards high as they parade through the city, led by music from Southampton’s Youth Brass Band.

Starting at the Engineers' Memorial the children will parade along Above Bar and west along Commercial Road towards the new Sea City Museum on Havelock Road. The spectacular sight is set to capture the nation’s attention as the world remembers the anniversary of Titanic’s departure from Southampton exactly 100 years before.

Councillor John Hannides, Cabinet Member for Resources, Leisure and Culture, said:

“This commemoration is a wonderful way to teach the city’s children about Southampton’s role in this tragic story. The poignant parade for the opening of the Sea City Museum will be spectacular to see and I thank all those schools and children who are taking part."

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