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Saturday 20 September 2014

Belfast marks Titanic's loss 101 years on

Belfast marks the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic at  the Titanic Memorial in the City Hall grounds
Belfast marks the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic at the Titanic Memorial in the City Hall grounds

A simple ceremony paying tribute to all those whose lives were lost in the sinking of the Titanic has been held to mark the 101st anniversary of the disaster.

More than 1,500 people perished when the liner built in Belfast went down on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic on April 15, 1912 after hitting an iceberg. Of those who died, 28 were men from Belfast.

Yesterday's event recognised six other men who were not known to have died when the original memorial was commissioned.

Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson was joined by around 100 people who gathered for the sombre event held outside Belfast City Hall.

"I think it is crucially important that, year-on-year, the families get the opportunity, as well as the city, to appropriately commemorate the loss of these individuals on board," he said.

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