1. Birmingham’s Forgotten Industrial Pioneer Who Died On The Titanic (4 Nov 2011, The Birmingham Post)
His contribution to industry in Birmingham was as significant and compelling as the likes of Matthew Boulton and George Cadbury, yet few are familiar with the name William Hipkins. As managing director, William Edward Hipkins transformed W&T Avery Limited from a burgeoning maker of scales into the world’s largest manufacturer of weighing machines.
2. Red Roses For Titanic Hero Musician (4 Nov 2011, Dumfries and Galloway Standard)
Born and raised in Dumfries, before joining the ill-fated band of musicians on the White Star Ocean liner, the body of 21-year-old Jock was recovered from the waters of the Northern Atlantic by the MacKay Bennett shortly after the Titanic sank. His unidentified body was buried in May of that year at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The story of her great-uncle has inspired her to write a book on his life entitled The First Violin and a cookbook presenting a selection of Titanic recipes called Dinner is Served. Since publishing the two books, Yvonne has attracted a lot of interest from far and wide.
3. Pensioners Tell Of Pride Over Titanic Display (3 Nov 2011, Belfast Newsletter)
The display put together by 15 people was inspired by personal memories and a trip to ‘TITANICa’ at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum’s — an exhibition which opened earlier this year to mark the centenary of the launch of the ship. As part of the creative process, the pensioners explored the history of Edwardian Belfast, the shipbuilding industry in Belfast and the on-board lifestyle of passengers who travelled on the Titanic.
4. West Valley Man Crafts Models For Centennial Of Titanic’s Sinking (3 Nov 2011, Arizona Republic)
Jeff Alderman took a boyhood hobby of building car and airplane models and turned it into a business: Grand Prix Reproductions. Now, Alderman, 53, is a professional model builder who constructs reproductions covering a broad spectrum of subjects ranging from architectural models of houses and landscaping to Boeing 747s to ships. His current project is crafting two ships for the Titanic Historical Society Museum in Indian Orchard, Mass.
5. Titanic Menu Tasting Underway Ahead Of Centenary Event In Stoke-On-Trent (3 Nov 2011, StaffsLive)
The three day festival, which is being planned by The Lord Mayor’s Office in Stoke-on-Trent and Titanic Brewery, will include a dinner showcasing Edwardian food from the ship’s original first class menu. Catering company Jenkinsons are creating the meal and director Jon Collier admitted originality was key. “Hotels and others have done the Titanic menu before but not like this – they always change it to suit them,” he said. “Ours is as close to the original menu as you can get.”