[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 March, 2005, 09:35 GMT
Events remember Titanic tragedy
The Titanic sailed from Belfast in 1912
A series of events to celebrate and commemorate the Titanic will be announced in Belfast on Tuesday.

A range of activities are planned for the fourth annual Titanic - Made in Belfast programme, to take place from 26 March to 2 April.

Lord Mayor Tom Ekin will announce the events, to include talks, exhibitions, bus and boat tours and re-enactments.

New events will focus on Belfast's maritime heritage, particularly its shipbuilding industry.

Belfast City Council says the week of activities will celebrate the engineering achievement of the Titanic and commemorate the tragic loss of the 1,503 people who died on the ship's maiden voyage.

The Titanic was built at Belfast's Harland and Wolff and sailed from the city in 1912. It sank after striking an iceberg.

The programme will be officially launched at Clarendon Dock, close to the site where William Ritchie established Belfast's first shipyard in 1795.

Tourism

Property company Titanic Quarter owns 185 acres of the dockland.

Its chief executive Mike Smith said there was tremendous international interest in the site where the ship was built.

"Every day of the week you see people from Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia going on to the site and spending some quiet time there," he said.

However, he said more could be done to commemorate the achievement.

"The only thing on this site to note where the Titanic was built is a small vase with plastic flowers. I think we can do much better than that," he added.

Nelson McCausland, chair of Belfast City Council's heritage sub committee, said there were plans for a major Titanic project.

"The Northern Ireland Tourist Board has identified the Titanic as being the signature project for the city of Belfast," he said.

"Belfast City Council has convened a Titanic forum, and together with the tourist board we have commissioned international consultants to bring forward a proposal for a major tourist attraction for Belfast, based around the Titanic."




SEE ALSO:
Iceberg plan for Titanic town
22 Feb 05 |  Northern Ireland
Titanic coming home for musical
31 Jan 05 |  Northern Ireland
Titanic blueprint to be auctioned
26 Jan 05 |  Northern Ireland


RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific