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Relatives retrace Titanic voyage to mark centenary

Relatives of those who perished on the Titanic are among those who will board a cruise to mark the 2012 centenary of the sinking of the vessel.

A special ceremony will take place on board the cruise ship Balmoral 100 years on from the exact time the Titanic hit an iceberg in the north Atlantic on the night of April 15, 1912.

The Balmoral will retrace the route taken by Titanic, leaving from Southampton on April 8, 2012 and sailing to New York.

Among those on board will be author Arthur Cropley, the great-nephew of Charles Herbert Lightoller, second officer on the Titanic who survived the sinking.

Among those whose relatives died on the Titanic and who will be sailing on the Balmoral is Jane Allen from Devon.

She said: “We booked as we wish to commemorate our relative, Thomas Pears, who died on the Titanic.”

Mr Cropley will be among those giving lectures on board as will Philip Littlejohn, grandson of Titanic survivor Alexander James Littlejohn.

Normally operated by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, the Balmoral was chartered for the commemorative cruise by UK company Miles Morgan Travel.

The cruise has attracted bookings from around the world.

Belfast Telegraph