Titanic Walk

On Sunday 14 April, Geoff Watts took 21 people and 1 well-behaved dog on our Sunday Titanic Walk. The conditions were pleasantly cooler and the very wet mud was now just soft.

Geoff began inside the former Non-Conformist chapel, now – thanks to SCC – FoSOC’s base. He thanked Val for arranging the walks and for the display in the room. Geoff dedicated his walk to four people, all no longer with us: Brian Ticehurst who had helped us so much, Vicky Green for dedicated research and knowledge at Southampton Local Studies Library, Genevieve Bailey for her lifelong, passionate interest in Titanic and our Vice President, Bernard Lavell, a talented artist, some of whose drawings Geoff showed on the way round. 

Geoff’s walk on Sunday 14th was exactly 124 years after the fateful day Titanic encountered an iceberg. Both in the chapel and at locations on the walk he related relevant stories from that tragic day. On his walk we were delighted to be joined by a lady researcher from Manchester who is in the course of writing a book on Greater Manchester’s Titanic People. She joined us afterwards in the chapel for a cup of tea and a chat and we wished her well with her book.

Our very grateful thanks to all who came and to the well-behaved dogs. All donations will be used towards the essential, and ongoing, work of FoSOC in the Old Cemetery, a place all our members love and respect.

Words: Graham, Val and Geoff. Photos courtesy of Bruce Larner (FoSOC)