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Replica Titanic anchor pulled through the Black Country
The Titanic anchor on its original journey courtesy of Dudley Local History and Archives Service
The Titanic anchor on its original journey to Dudley train station in 1911

A piece of history will be re-created when a replica of the Titanic's anchor is pulled through Dudley and Netherton on Sunday, 15 August 2010.

The original anchor was cast by Hingley's of Netherton and in 1911 was hauled to the old Dudley train station by shire horses.

From there the anchor continued its journey to the Belfast shipbuilders.

The Black Country re-enactment will follow the route in reverse and will be filmed for a Channel 4 history series.

Anchor history

(L-R) Dave Wilkes, Brendan Walker, Yewande Akinola, Luke Perry
Series presenters at the dry dock in Belfast where Titanic was built

The area is famous for its chain and anchor making role in world history.

In 1911 Noah Hingley's of Netherton made the anchor for the ill-fated Titanic which sank on its maiden voyage in April 1912, with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.

The 16-tonne structure was towed to Dudley station by 20 shire horses, taken by train to Fleetwood and shipped across the Irish Sea to Belfast.

Turn back the clock

On Sunday, a replica anchor forged at Sheffield Forgemaster Internatonal Limited will be pulled by shire horses from Dudley to Netherton and filmed for a new five-part series for Channel 4 and National Geographic.

In "We Built Titanic" engineers try and rebuild or recreate part of the ship to explore Edwardian industrial and social history.

The replica anchor in the final stages of fabrication
The replica anchor in the final stages of fabrication

When Sunday's procession reaches Netherton there will be a civic presentation ceremony and the anchor will be placed on a temporary plinth before going to the Black Country Living Museum while a permanent base is created in the borough.

Day of events

Dudley Councillor David Stanley, cabinet member for environment and culture said: "Everyone in Netherton is keen to play a part in this historic event which I am sure will be as keenly remembered by the people of Netherton as the original procession was in 1911."

The Council and other organisations have put together a whole series of events and exhibitions to mark the day.

You can find out more about those events, watching the procession and road closures that will be in place at Dudley Council's website

The television series will begin in the autumn.




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