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Service held in memory of men who drowned 110 years ago
1:00pm Friday 9th August 2013 in News
Wreaths have been placed at an unmarked grave in Brightlingsea in memory of nine men who drowned 110 years ago.
A memorial service was held at All Saints Church to mark the 110th anniversary of the deaths of eight sailors from to the steam turbine yacht Lorena and local bricklayer Joseph Lock.
Roger Tabor, from the Cinque Port Liberty of Brightlingsea, said: “The service took place in brilliant sunshine. It went well.
“The reality is that this event, which was so awful at the time, had just been forgotten.
“We felt we just had to do something.
“Brightlingsea had an involvement at the time and that gives us a responsibility to do something about it.
“The service was held at the time but 110 years have gone by and I couldn’t find anybody that knew anything about it.
Mr Tabor is now keen to track down the relatives of the nine men so that a permanent memorial can be put up to mark the site.
Anyone with information about the men’s families are asked to contact the church on firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Monday's Gazette for the full story.
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