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Titanic memorial service at Belfast City Hall marks 103rd anniversary of sinking

By Gary Grattan

A special ceremony has been held in Belfast to mark the 103rd anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

The solemn event took place in the Titanic Memorial Garden in the grounds of Belfast City Hall.

Aidan McMichael, chairman of the Belfast Titanic Society, led a wreath laying ceremony and a minute's silence remembering the 1,512 people who lost their lives on that fateful night on April 15, 1912.

Among those in attendance were a number of international visitors with connections to the Titanic story.

The memorial garden - located at the east entrance of the City Hall - was officially opened in April 2012 to mark the centenary of the disaster.

It features a wall engraved with the names of all of those who died.

Amongst the names are 28 men from Belfast, nine of which were employees of the Harland and Wolff Guarantee Group, led by the ship's designer Thomas Andrews.

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