Titanic’s Centenary Commemorated in Belfast
BELFAST, Northern Ireland, April 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Belfast is leading the many commemorations taking place around the world in memory of
those who perished on the Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage 100 years ago today.
As her physical and spiritual home, Belfast is marking this significant occasion with
a number of commemorative events.
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This morning, on the 100th anniversary of the liner’s sinking, a Titanic Memorial
Garden at Belfast City Hall was officially unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Belfast Niall O
A plaque naming the 1,517 people who perished on the mighty liner is the centrepiece
of the memorial garden and pays tributes to the lost lives while embracing Belfast’s
connection to the Titanic story.
The new memorial garden in Belfast is the only memorial in the world to name all who
were lost on the RMS Titanic.
This morning the Lord Mayor of Belfast said “Today is about commemoration and we do
that here, in the peaceful setting of this garden”.
“Here we remember all those who died. Here they are not just numbers, nor simply
remembered as a collective. Here, they are remembered as individuals with different
stories to tell”.
The garden also incorporates an existing Titanic Memorial that was erected in 1920 and
dedicated to the Belfast men who lost their lives on the Titanic.
Last night, on the anniversary of Titanic’s collision with the iceberg, a special
Titanic Centenary Commemoration Show was held at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall.
The show brought to life the story of the famous liner through music and documentary
with special performances from Bryan Ferry, Joss Stone and Katie Melua.
Georgia-born Katie, who moved to Belfast with her family when she was eight and lived
there until the age of 13 said “Belfast will always have a special place in my heart so it
is an honour to return to the birthplace of the Titanic, a city I once called home, for
this special commemoration”.
The show also featured the world premiere of ‘Titanic Drums’, an original
composition by John Anderson featuring 100 traditional drummers from across Ireland.
In addition, a specially commissioned requiem by Belfast composer Philip Hammond
entitled ‘Requiem for the Lost Souls of the Titanic’ was performed for the first time at
St Anne’s Cathedral last night.
Speaking about the Requiem Philip Hammond said “the requiem is not about remembering
the Titanic but it is about remembering the people who died as a result of the loss of the
Belfast’s Titanic story is one of celebration and commemoration; the two elements will
always be intertwined.
These commemorative events are part of a three-week Titanic Belfast Festival (31
March- 22 April) celebrating the city’s ship-building history and commemorating the great
human loss suffered as a result of the Titanic’s sinking.
The festival kicked off with the opening of Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest
Titanic visitor attraction, in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 31 March, on the very site
where the ship was designed, built and first kissed the water.
The new visitor experience pays homage to the Belfast workers who built Titanic and to
those who perished on her – and has shot to the top of Europe’s must-see destinations
The liner’s mighty footprint is still much in evidence throughout the city, meaning
nowhere can compare to Belfast for Titanic attractions and experiences.
Visitors to the city have a massive array of Titanic bus, cab, bike and walking tours
to choose from throughout the ship’s centenary year, as well as food, accommodation,
theatre, music and historical experiences and a host of other attractions, exhibitions and
events worthy of the great liner.
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