Hard to believe it’s now 4 years since the world went Titanic-crazy for the unforgettable month of April 2012 – the centenary of the very first Night To Remember, the sinking of RMS Titanic.
I have so many precious memories of that incredible centenary – of standing in the pitch-dark brand-new atrium of Titanic Belfast during the world premiere of Eric Whitacre’s haunting Water Night – of my first ever fancy dinner at the base of the Grand Staircase – of holding a vigil on the slipways with Dr Robert Ballard, reading the names of those who were lost on Titanic – of watching A Night To Remember (the unrivalled 1958 movie of the Titanic story) in the pouring rain at an open-air screening at the Thompson Dock – of throwing my duncher in the air along with all the other participants of the Yardsmen Walk… I could go on!!
But one of the really important things, as time goes on, is to continue our act of remembrance of Titanic’s story. 104 years isn’t a nice neat anniversary like 100 years – yet people are travelling to Belfast from all over the world this week, making their pilgrimage to mark the moment of the anniversary at the place where the whole story began. It’s important for the city to mark this date and find imaginative ways to tell and retell the story so that it’s never forgotten.
So again it’s a huge privilege for me and for the Dock team to be part of A Night To Remember at Titanic Belfast. Tickets are still available here if you’d like to be part of the event – and as always I’m hugely proud of the team from The Dock who are helping to make it all happen.
You can see some more pics from last year in the video below. Standing on the slipways by candlelight, telling those stories and remembering those names, is always one of the most profound and moving experiences for any Belfastian- Titanorak or not!