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Star-studded concert honours bravery of Titanic victims

Pixie Lott performs for the open-air gig in Belfast Credit: MTV / PA wire

Thousands of music lovers packed the docks where the Titanic was built for a star-studded pop concert ahead of the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking.

Chart toppers Olly Murs and Pixie Lott entertained an estimated 16,000 who braved the cold in Belfast for the spectacular open-air gig.

Sean Paul performs at open-air gig in Belfast Credit: MTV/PA Wire

Staged in front of the new multi-million-pound visitor attraction dedicated to the doomed liner, the MTV Titanic Sounds festival also saw performances from artists Sean Paul, Rizzle Kicks and Katy B.

The Titanic Sounds gig is among a series of high profile events being staged in the city to mark the enduring legacy of the ship.

'Ireland's Titanic Village' remembers its 97 casualties

On a beautiful lakeside in Ireland's west coast of county Mayo lies the ancient parish of Addergoole and the tiny village Lahardane - which is called 'Ireland's Titanic

Village'.

One hundred years ago 14 of its residents set sail on the doomed luxury liner - only 3 survived.

In honour of their memory, residents of Lahardane and the descendants of the three survivors have gathered to commemorate their bravery.

Thousands gather in Belfast to mark 2am Titanic anniversary

Thousands of music lovers have packed the docks where the Titanic was built for a star-studded pop concert ahead of the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking.

Chart toppers Olly Murs and Pixie Lott entertained an estimated 16,000 who braved the cold in Belfast for the spectacular open-air gig.

The new Titanic Visitor centre in Belfast, on the eve of the 100 anniversary of the disaster

Staged in front of the new multi-million-pound visitor attraction dedicated to the doomed liner, the MTV Titanic Sounds festival also saw performances from artists Sean Paul, Rizzle Kicks and Katy B.

A man reads information about the Titanic, at the new Titanic Visitor centre in Belfast Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Titanic to be protected by UNESCO

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore is on-board a ship heading to the site of Titanic wreck.

Experts are voicing growing fears tonight that Global interest in the Titanic Anniversary may lead to its actual wreckage on the seabed being damaged.

A hundred years on from the sinking, UNESCO has announced that the wreckage is coming under its protection from tomorrow - to guard against possible commercial exploitation.

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Canadian port of Halifax was Titanic's icy morgue

Halifax in Canada is home to 150 graves of Titanic passengers. Credit: ITV News

The Atlantic Canadian port city of Halifax had to deal with the ghastly aftermath of a calamity that killed about 1,500 people.

It was Halifax that sent out ships to pick up the bodies, turned an ice rink into a morgue and interred the dead in three cemeteries.

"They built it in Belfast, sank it in the Atlantic and we buried it. In that sense, one very final part of the Titanic story is right here in Halifax," says local author Alan Ruffman.

The story of the Titanic still resonates in Halifax, which has many visible reminders of what was the worst peacetime maritime disaster ever: 150 graves, more than 20 sites linked to the recovery effort and dozens of artifacts.

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