Last Wednesday, a group of invited guests attended a sneak preview of Mostly Ghostly’s new local history tour – Heroes of the Titanic…
One fine evening in Dumfries, a young lad in period costume emerged from one of the town’s side streets to welcome the gathered crowd. In his hands, a newspaper board announcing the most famous shipping disaster in peacetime history – the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic.
As Brodie Marr, our talented newsboy, called out headlines from 104 years ago, it was like stepping back in time to the grim days when our world reeled with news of the disaster. Joining him at the Burns Statue bedecked in gorgeous period costumes (provided by our friends at the Theatre Royal, Dumfries) , we welcomed guests before introducing Heroes of the Titanic – our exciting new history venture.
After months of research and planning, the new walking tour was ready to take to the streets and we were engulfed by a mix of churning nerves and heady excitement. It was fantastic to see such a brilliant turn out, with special guests in attendance from the local media, Visit Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Scottish Parliament. Over the next hour and a half, we would reveal the compelling story of two Dumfries’ sons, John Law Hume, violinist and Thomas Mullin, steward, who set sail with high hopes on the magnificent ‘Ship of Dreams’. As Titanic foundered, Jock played his beloved violin along with seven members of the ship’s orchestra. Tom, a generous soul in life, was believed to have helped passengers board the lifeboats – both brave men were lost.
Guests were guided around key locations linked to the men where they discovered aspects of life in our town before and after the sinking.
The weather was kind for much of the evening, but as the climax drew closer, darkening skies gave way to a heavy downpour. Accompanying the shower, a drop in temperature; guests huddled together, listening intently as the final chapter unravelled. This dramatic change proved to be a powerful enhancement; fingers cold, bodies shivering, it seemed a fitting finale given the subject matter. And when our talented young violinist, Andrea Jardine, began to play, emotions were visibly intense.
Following the tour, pictures were taken at the enchanting bandstand in Dumfries’ Dock Park before we said goodnight to some of our guests, and joined others in the cosy atmosphere of the historic Globe Inn. There, we enjoyed a warming bowl of delicious lentil soup and some great conversation before Jane Brown gave her famous guided tour.
A Few Quotes from Guests:
“I can highly recommend the @MostlyGhostly_ Heroes of the Titanic Tour in Dumfries – starts Fri 15 April” Joan McAlpine MSP via Twitter
“Great night, great entertainment, nice wee touch at the end” Vicky Murray, West Sound FM News via Twitter
“Thank you for the tour yesterday evening, it was very well presented and it is a credit to you and your team. Both my wife and I enjoyed it tremendously and I wish you every success with it in the future.” Provost Ted Thompson
We would like to extend our warmest thanks to everyone who kindly came out to support our Heroes of the Titanic Preview Event and also to Jane Brown and Maureen McKerrow of The Globe for superb hospitality.
Special mention to Brodie Marr, for his fantastic re-enactment of the iconic newspaper boy; Andrea Jardine, for her hauntingly beautiful rendition; Sullivan Michael for creating our evocative newsboards and the wonderful Theatre Royal for providing stunning costumes! We feel incredibly lucky to have such great support out there and look forward to working with you all in the future!
The official public premiere and film screening takes place on Friday 15th April – For full details, CLICK HERE
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