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Titanic violin to be auctioned

Henry Aldridge and Son

The violin that was played as the Titanic sank in 1912 will be auctioned off tomorrow.

It was played by Wallace Hartley from Colne in Lancashire who was the band leader. He sadly died along with 1500 others as the ship went down.

Wallace Hartley

It went on public display yesterday and is expected to fetch in excess of £300,000 which makes it the most expensive piece of memorabilia from the doomed vessel.

Henry Aldridge and Son

Heroic bandmaster letter goes under hammer

Wallace Hartley artefacts at Colne Library Credit: .

A letter written to his parents by the bandmaster of the Titanic who played as the ship sank will be sold at auction this afternoon.

Wallace Hartley, 33, who was from Colne, is famous for playing on with his band as the ship sank to try and help calm the frightened passengers.

A letter he wrote to his parents on White Star Line headed paper on the day the Titanic set sail will go under the hammer in Wiltshire this afternoon.

Experts say it could fetch up to £60,000.

Wallace Hartley's funeral in Colne was attended by more than 40,000 people Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images
Wallace Hartley wrote the letter to his parents on 10th April 1912, the day the Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Titanic cruise liner left Southampton on 10 April 1912. She floundered in the Atlantic Ocean two days later, with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.**

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Titanic bandmaster letter to be sold at auction

A letter written by the bandmaster of the Titanic who played as the ship sank is to be sold at auction. Experts say it could reach £50,000 - £60,000

Wallace Hartley, 33, from Colne is famous for playing on with his band as the ship sank to try and calm the frightened passengers.

A letter he wrote to his parents on the day the Titanic set sail will be sold at auction in Wiltshire this afternoon.

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Colne marks 100 years since Titanic bandmaster's funeral

Events are being held in Colne today to mark the 100th anniversary of Wallace Hartley's funeral.

He was the bandmaster on board the Titanic. His was the only musician's body to be recovered after the disaster.

A funeral walk will leave from Bethel Church in the town at 10.30am.

There will also be a memorial service at his graveside at 1.30pm.

Call Colne Library on 01282 871155 for more details.