Heroes of the Titanic
John Law Hume, violinist and Thomas Mullin, third-class steward, two young men remembered in our Dumfries history tour – Heroes of the Titanic.
Sunday 15th April at 7pm
When R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg on Sunday 14th April, it carried among its many passengers and crew two old school friends from Dumfries; John Law Hume, a member of the orchestra and Thomas Mullin, steward. The image of the band playing on as the ship sank has become legendary and is famous the world over. Jock and Tom were lost when the ship sank less than three hours later at 2:20am on 15th April. We remember their sacrifice and explore and celebrate their fascinating lives on our historical walking tour – Heroes of the Titanic.
Our tour officially on launched on 15th April 2016; we felt proud and delighted to welcome Christopher Ward, esteemed journalist and grandson of John Law Hume to the event premiere, which was held in partnership with the Robert Burns Film Theatre. Christopher introduced a screening of the 1958 classic Titanic film – A Night to Remember. Portrayed in an almost documentary style, this powerful piece told the story from the perspective of Charles Lightoller (played by Kenneth More), 2nd Officer on Titanic. Given the knowledge at that time, it is believed by many to be the most accurate portrayal of the night’s tragic events.
Following the film, Christopher signed copies of his compelling book about Jock’s life And The Band Played On – a major inspiration for our tour. Guests then gathered for the Heroes of the Titanic tour premiere and were guided around key Dumfries locations linked with Jock and Tom, learning about their fascinating lives and how their local communities, friends and family members were affected in the aftermath of the sinking.
We have since proudly presented the Titanic tour at Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival Fringe and were joined by local researcher, Erica Johnson at The Room at Troqueer Arms , where she gave a talk on the subject of another local hero, Titanic First Officer, William Murdoch.
Midsteeple Opening Times: Tues-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m Saturdays 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Adults – £10, Children and Concessions – £8, Special Family Ticket (two adults and two children) £28
Main picture: courtesy of Allan Devlin