Here at Mostly Ghostly Investigations, we are passionate about local history and have created a range of ghost and local history tours for Dumfries and the region as a whole. We’re currently in the process of researching a completely different venture to highlight our local heroes of the Titanic. This new walking tour sees a shift from the darker side of history to a celebration of the fascinating lives of John Law Hume and Tom Mullin, two young men from Dumfries. The tour will also include references to other local people connected with the disaster including First Officer William Murdoch from Dalbeattie as well as survivor stories. We’ll be guiding guests around pivotal locations associated with these men, particularly Jock, including his family home, school (which he attended with Tom) and the place he first laid eyes on partner, Mary Costin. Our tour is not so much about the ship, but the people who were involved and the impact the sinking had on their families and communities – we feel it’s important to highlight their sacrifice.
We aim to debut the tour on April 15th 2016 – the anniversary of the sinking of Titanic, as it was from this day everything changed. We’ve always been interested in the disaster and how it affected individuals, their families and worldwide communities, but the main inspiration came from Christopher Ward, Jock Hume’s Grandson, who has passionately researched the life of his Grandfather and written a wonderful book “And the Band Played On” – we couldn’t put it down and have read it several times. Christopher was delighted when we got in touch about creating a tour in his Grandfather’s memory and also celebrating the life of his school pal, Tom Mullin – he has kindly offered to assist us with our research and will be sharing personal insights with the team. Christopher plans to attend the premiere of our Titanic walk and we look forward to meeting up prior to this to chat about Jock’s fascinating life. As with all our work, we are keen to ensure this project is researched thoroughly in order to create something authentic, thought-provoking and memorable.
We feel very honoured to have been offered so much support locally; special mention to the Ewart Library team (particular thanks to Erica Johnson) and our friends at Dumfries Museum who are always happy to offer their knowledge and expertise. Through talking to lots of folk about the tour, we can see it’s really captured a fair bit of interest. We’ve been out and about discussing some exciting community-based partnerships that will make this venture even more poignant and memorable; we won’t reveal everything just now as we’d like to keep some elements a surprise until a bit closer to the time. It is likely tickets will go on sale at the tale end of 2015/early 2016. In addition to the official Friday evening debut, we’ll be running tours and events over the whole weekend as a mark of respect and also a celebration of the human spirit, of how adversity sometimes brings out the very best in a person. Despite the intense sadness of the loss of these two men, we feel it’s important their passion for life and ultimately, courageous, selfless attitudes approaching death are forever remembered.
For booking details and tour developments, keep any eye on Twitter, FB and our website – the new tour will be officially named later this year! And, if you should have a local Titanic-related story, please contact us through our website or by phoning 07791 047835 or 07912 145865.