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Memorial service for 25th anniversary of Marchioness riverboat tragedy

A memorial service will be held today to mark the 25th anniversary of the Marchioness riverboat tragedy. 51 people were killed when the boat packed with partygoers when it collided with the dredger Bowbelle and sank in 1989. The names of the dead will be read out at the service at Southwark Cathedral. Two launches will also be provided to allow families to drop flowers at the spot on the river where the accident happened.

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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.