As everyone knows, this Sunday, 15th April, sees the centenary of the sinking of the ill-fated liner ‘Titanic’. We must never forget that amidst all the drama, the lives of over 1500 people were lost in this great tragedy.
In remembrance of those who were lost, and indeed also of the survivors of what must have been a terrifying experience, the Bellringing prior to Sunday’s service will include ‘Nearer my God to Thee’ which is thought to have been the last tune played by the heroic Titanic band (all of whom were lost) before the great ship went down.
Some maintain that the last tune played was the Episcopal hymn ‘Autumn’, but ‘Nearer my God to Thee’ has a strong place in popular mythology and is forever associated with that night.
‘Eternal Father Strong to Save (Tune Melita) will also be rung. Always thought of as the sailors’ hymn, it would almost certainly have been sung at the church service held on Sunday April 14, 1912. The ship struck the iceberg at 11.40pm on the 14th and foundered the next morning at 2.20am.

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