Chance to hear the story of Wales' links to the Titanic

First published in News

THIS month marks the 100th anniversary of the most infamous, ill-fated passenger ship journey of all time.

A special service was held at the site of the Titanic’s sinking in order to remember those who perished all those years ago.

On board that remembrance voyage was local Titanic expert Tony Waters.

Those in Ammanford will be able to experience their own evening of Titanic remembrance and explore Wales’ connections with the historic tragedy as Tony presents an evening of artefacts and stories entitled Titanic - Ship of Dreams: The Welsh Links, at Ammanford Evangelical Church, Wind Street, on May 6 at 6pm.

Out of around 2,500 people on board, only 700 survived.

Many of those saved and lost were Welsh.

Tony, whose interest in the Titanic was sparked while watching the 1958 film classic A Night to Remember, said: “This talk highlights some of these Welsh people’s stories and visits other links between this event and Wales, from the silverware and coal, to one of the true heroes of the Titanic.

“It is hoped that the evening will evoke a sense of the time and tell the story of the ship and its people.”

The presentation will feature original photography, an interview with a survivor, reproductions of White Star Line memorabilia and artefacts from the Titanic.

These include a letter posted from the ship and wood from the ship which was picked up by the Minia, the second of four ships chartered by the White Star Line to search for bodies in the aftermath of the sinking.

The Rev Sammy Davies, assistant pastor of Ammanford Evangelical Church, said: “Many know the story of the Titanic as retold by James Cameron in his 1997 Hollywood blockbuster, but this promises to be a truly fascinating evening which will bring the story to life in a new way to us inWales.”

● Titanic – Ship of Dreams: The Welsh Links is free for all to attend.

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