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Flowers For the Titanic St Francis Xavier Church Liverpool

Photographs © John H. Luxton 2012

The weekend of April 21 / 22, 2012 saw the City of Liverpool remember the centenary of the Titanic Disaster in April 1912. The main event which received virtually all of the publicity was the giant marionettes of the City Council organised "Sea Odyssey" street theatre event.

On the other hand, receiving little publicity was the "Flowers For the Titanic" flower festival at St. Francis Xavier's Church in Salisbury Street. This comprised floral displays relating the RMS TITANIC story and was a reflection of community endeavour to comemmorate the disaster rather than grand public spectacle and was well worth visiting.

The church of St. Francis Xavier has an interesting connection with the Titanic, Father Frank Browne, the well known Irish photographer, who documented the Southampton to Cóbh (Queenstown) section of the maiden voyage used to visit SFX whilst on his stays in Liverpool. A selection of his class Titanic photographs were on display around the church as part of the flower festival.

Baptistery display commemorating - The White Star LineThe Belfast Ship Yard - Harland & Wolff
Southampton - Sailing TimeQueenstown - where Frank Browne disembarkedFirst Class - Afternoon Tea
"Tickets" for some of the passengersRemembering the Steerage Passengers
 The Crows Nest - Frederick Fleet the Titanic look out is remembered by this decoration of the pulpit
The Iceberg created by students at Holy Family High SchoolOne of the Father Browne PhotographsThe Lady Chapel - display of the names of all those who perished.
Help and Rescue (left) The red flowers representing the distress rockets. One is not quite sure why a model of an RNLI Lifeboat is shown other than to reflect the theme of rescue.
The Orchestra and the Sinking - Remembering the Titanic MusiciansThe Lifeboats

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