The Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Sonia Copeland, laid a wreath in memory of those who died aboard the RMS Titanic during a short service at the Titanic Memorial in the grounds of City Hall today (Sunday, 15 April).
Aidan McMichael, Chair of the Titanic Society, joined the Deputy Lord Mayor in laying a wreath in memory of more than 1,500 people who perished at sea in the early hours of 15, April 1912 after the Belfast-built Titanic struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage.
Councillor Copeland said: “The tragedy of the Titanic is very close to home for the people of Belfast. Many of our citizens were on board when she went down and are remembered by relatives who have gathered with us to mark this occasion.
“The ship was one our finest, built by local craftsmen and was hailed across the world for her top class design and engineering. The tragedy cast a cloud on our city and it says much for our resilience that we have found a way to deal with the loss, building a memorial garden and a new Titanic Quarter of which we can all be proud,” added the Deputy Lord Mayor.
Mr McMichael added: “The tranquility of the Titanic Memorial Gardens at Belfast City Hall continues to offer residents and visitors alike an opportunity to unite and consider the human tragedy associated with the loss of Titanic, not just for the relatives of those who were lost but for everyone locally. The Belfast Titanic Society is proud to be associated with this annual Titanic commemoration in conjunction with Belfast City Council.”
This year’s ceremony marked the 100th Anniversary of the loss of Titanic’s rescue ship “The Carpathia” which saved all 705 survivors from Titanic’s lifeboats.
Invited guests attending the memorial service, conducted by the Rev Ian Gilpin from the Non-subscribing Presbyterian Church, Comber, included councillors, and relatives of some of those on board RMS Titanic when she sank.