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25th anniversary of Marchioness disaster

Families who lost loved ones in the Marchioness pleasure boat tragedy will attend a memorial service this week to mark the 25th anniversary of the River Thames disaster which claimed 51 lives.

On August 20, 1989 - a hot, late-summer evening - the riverboat Marchioness, packed with partygoers, collided with the dredger Bowbelle and sank in the Thames in central London.

The service will be conducted by Southwark Cathedral Succentor the Rev Stephen Stavrou. Credit: Kevin Danks

The names of the dead, including Francesca Dallaglio, 19, the sister of former England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio, will be read out at the service on at Southwark Cathedral in south London on Wednesday.

Two launches will then be provided to allow families to drop flowers at the spot on the river where the accident happened.

New sculpture at Southwark Cathedral

The sculpture is called "Christ Rests in Peace". Credit: ITN

A new sculpture of Jesus Christ has been installed at Southwark Cathedral for the duration of Lent.

It's called "Christ Rests In Peace" and has been created by one of Britain's greatest sculptors, Nic Fiddian-Green.

It will sit in front of the high altar until Easter Sunday at the end of March.


Memorial service for Police Federation chairman

Paul McKeever began his career with the Met in 1977. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A memorial service will be held today at Southwark Cathedral for the chairman of the Police Federation, Paul McKeever, who died in January after suffering an embolism. The 57 year-old had been about to retire.

Mr McKeever started his career in the Metropolitan Police in 1977 and later became a sergeant in Bromley Borough. He was elected to the Police Federation in 1992 and became its chairman in 2008.