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Replica Titanic anchor returning to Black Country
The replica anchor in the final stages of fabrication
The replica anchor weighs 16 tonnes

It has been confirmed that a replica of the anchor of the Titanic is to be moved to the Black Country in October.

The anchor, made to the specifications of the original, has been in secure storage since being filmed for a Channel 4 history series.

It will stand along the main entrance at the Black Country Living Museum and launch a series of events celebrating the area's connections to the liner.

The replica will be in place in Dudley and ready to view on Tuesday 5 October.

Disaster at sea

The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage in April 1912 with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.

Its original anchor was made in Netherton in 1911 by Noah Hingley and was towed to Dudley train station by 20 shire horses for the start of its journey to Belfast.

That event was re-enacted on Sunday 15 August as part of a Channel 4 history series to begin on 27 September.

"The Black Country Living Museum is the perfect site for the anchor which will benefit from a host of events in 2011 while we work to create a permanent site for the anchor in its rightful home, Netherton," Councillor David Stanley, cabinet member for environment and culture said.

Return to Netherton

"We are delighted that Dudley Council have given us the opportunity to display the replica anchor outside the museum entrance where it will form an impressive reminder of an industry which once brought fame and reputation to the Black County," he added.

It is expected that the replica anchor will return to Netherton sometime in late 2011.


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