Southampton City Council is preparing plaques to honour those from our city who perished and survived in our greatest historical tragedy
TRIBUTE: Councillor Catherine McEwing and Councillor Simon Letts with one of the plaques
Southampton City Council is preparing plaques to honour those from our city who perished and survived in our greatest historical tragedy, the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. The plaques will be offered at no charge to the current owners of the properties where crew members lived.
We have identified the houses still standing that were the homes of those that perished in the tragedy. Over the next few days those householders will be contacted by the city council and offered the opportunity to receive a plaque to display on their house. Later in the year we will write out to the households of survivors and make a similar offer.
Some of the resource for the plaques will come from money recently raised for the Titanic window at St Mary's Church, as part of The Mayor of Southampton's charities work last year. The window was funded by other grants, so we are able to shift those funds onto this project. We anticipate that these funds will be topped up by developer contributions.
Cllr Simon Letts, Leader of Southampton City Council, said: “The loss of the Titanic was the greatest tragedy to strike the city and was devastating to many city neighbourhoods. In some schools every class had a child that had lost a parent. It is essential that we remember the past but continue to ensure the safety at work of all our residents.
I hope that those city residents who live in a house linked to this tragedy take the opportunity to display a plaque in memory of those who sailed on the Titanic over a hundred years ago.”