Commemorating the sinking of the Titanic is a bad idea

It appears that a number of events are planned this wekend in Hanley to “celebrate” the sinking of the Titanic.

It is a 100 years on the 15th April since the great unsinkable ship sank. The events that led to the tragedy are well known. And the whole grotesque mismanagement of that night leads me to conclude that the sinking is a particularly vivid illustration of the class struggle.

In the 50s film of the sinking “A Night To Remember”, Lady Cosmo Duff Gordon – whose party occupied Number 1 lifeboat to themselves – turned to her secretary, Miss Francatelli as the ship sank, and said, “There is your beautiful night-dress gone.” And there too went the three Skoog children, the four young Paulssons and the eleven members of the Sage family of Cambridgeshire. All in third class, and all beneath the notice of this latter-day Marie Antoinette. Continue reading

Stafford Veterans Pull First Pint

Familiar faces from the 1970s and 80s were back behind the bar as Titanic Brewery celebrated the opening of the Sun Inn, Stafford.

Former landlords Ashley Howard, 79, and Brian Deakin, 76, jointly pulled a celebratory first pint to mark the rebirth of the Sun.

The historic town centre pub was a favourite destination for pub-goers for decades but has been shut in recent times after an attempt to run it as a wine bar. Staffordshire based Titanic Brewery bought the building earlier this year and has restored it as a traditional style pub.

Brian Deakin, of Weeping Cross, Stafford, licensee from 1975 until 1994, said, ‘Titanic has done a wonderful job. The alterations have been carried-out in a very tasteful way and I wish the pub every success for the future.’

Keith Bott, Managing Director of Titanic Brewery, paid his own tribute to Mr Howard and Mr Deakin saying, ‘These are guys who ran proper pubs and, as a brewery and an industry, we would like to see more proper pubs opening in future years.’

Keith and Dave Bott who were brought up in Stafford and Keith said, ‘the opening of the Sun as a special day as it was among the first town centre pubs he visited as a young man.’

The Sun Inn, which is number 5 in the Titanic Brewery fleet, officially opens at 1200 today.