A memorial is being held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the sinking of the MV Princess Victoria.
133 lives were lost when the ship sank on 31st January 1953 in a severe storm in the North Channel, after leaving Loch Ryan near Stranraer.
Locals will commemorate the disaster with two special services in Stranraer.
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A 67-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, and a woman, aged 70, was taken to West Cumberland Hospital.
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