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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Titanic violin on display at Belfast City Hall

A violin which was played onboard the Titanic as it sank is on display at Belfast City Hall.

Titanic violin at city hall
The violin is on display at Belfast City Hall

The instrument belonged to the ship's band leader Wallace Hartley and it was found in an attic in Yorkshire seven years ago.
The violin, which is part of a special exhibition of Titanic memorabilia, will be auctioned at the end of the year.
The artefact will be in Belfast for just a few more days.
Wallace Hartley and his orchestra famously played on as the ship sank in 1912 and were among the 1,500 who died.
In 2006, Titanic specialist auction house Henry Aldridge and Son in Wiltshire were approached by the violin's owner who wanted to sell it.
Experts commissioned by the auction house confirmed it was Mr Hartley's.
The display is part of events that will mark 400 years since Belfast's first Royal Charter was granted by King James in April 1613, giving it town status. Belfast didn't become a city until 1888.
City events officer Lisa Morgan said celebrations wouldn't be complete without the inclusion of the Titanic, which was built in Belfast.
The Titanic Centre will also be celebrating its first birthday this weekend.

From BBC / Irish Central

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