Memorial service to victims of ferry disaster won’t take place

The loss of the MV Princess Victoria will not be officially commemorated in Stranraer this month due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

Monday, 18th January 2021, 11:06 am
The Agnew Park memorial to the MV Princess Victoria
The Agnew Park memorial to the MV Princess Victoria

The Irish Sea tragedy is regarded as one of the UK’s worst peacetime maritime disasters.

Heavy sea forced open the stern doors of the car deck on the roll on/roll off ferry during a crossing from Stranraer to Larne in January 1953.

The ship sank within hours with 177 people on board, including 49 crew members – more than 130 lives were lost.

In previous years, a memorial service to the victims has taken place within Agnew Park.

However, with Scotland currently under lockdown due to the pandemic it has been decided that no public gathering will take place to mark the 68th anniversary.

A commemoration will still be held at the Princess Victoria Memorial in Larne on January 30 with a reduced attendance, but the usual invitation to representatives from Dumfries and Galloway was deferred.