Bookings for the above event will be taken on Thursday 5th July next. Anybody wishing to attend should contact The Hilton National Hotel, Southampton (Tel: 023 8070 2700) on that day.
You will need to book early as the places are usually filled by mid afternoon.
That's great news, Mo! Although, I gather Helen and Ethelbert may already be on to you. I was sent a list of attendees, and was delighted to see your name among them!
Coffee's brewing, although I'm reliably informed that the Hilton has steadfastly refused to sell the unique East Grinstead stuff....although for a substitute rat poison, they say it's pretty useful! I'll remind Paul to bring some along with him
For all the would be visitors from the United States. If your attending next years B.T.S.Convention, then I can assure you all you won't be dissapointed.
There is so much to see in such a short space of time. I'm not one hundred per cent sure, because I don't have the agenda for next year. However, I expect there's a strong chance your'll see the actual Ocean Dock where Titanic embarked on that Wednesday 10th April 1912.
Sadly the originally Ocean Dock Terminal was demolished in 1983 and that also includes the Harland & Wolff sheld's which were demolished roundabout 1985.
If you do book early then I would advise you to visit the pub called The Grapes which is situated down in Oxford Street, Southampton. This is where alot of Crew congregated just before the embarkation date.
No sooner you have finished with The Grapes, I would advise you to walk along that other famous landmark:- South Western House and turn left.
Once you've turned left your down Caunte Road and directly opposite, is the former White Star Offices. This is virtually where most of the Sotonians families gather to await the latest news about their love ones, notably the Crew families.
As for those who want to view the obituaries on the microfiche's, then I regret to say your viewing is limited to 1 hour only. This will have to be arrange seperately at the Archives in Southampton's main Civic Centre.
All in all, I hope I have managed to answer some of your questions. Good luck and kind regards to you all-Andrew Williams who resides roughly 10 miles away from the Port of Southampton U.K.
Ben, The Hilton are a law unto themselves regarding letters of confirmation. Their "this week" usually means "next month". Don't worry, you are down on the list...I've checked. Hotel is full and we have a waiting list of about thirty to forty people - I'd better get organising events pronto!