150th Birkenhead Commemoration
Program of Events

SIMON'S TOWN SOUTH AFRICA

Thursday 21 February 2002
Venue : Naval Garden of Remembrance

11am - Reinterment of 3 Birkenhead casualties previously buried in unmarked sites at Danger Point

Dress : Formal with medals

For further details and directions please contact Maj. Antony Gordon +27 (0)21 671 4500


GANSBAAI SOUTH AFRICA

Friday 22 February 2002
Venue : Danger Point

5pm - Transport for invited guests departs for Danger Point from the Tolbos Restaurant, Main Road Gansbaai for viewing the 437 individually dedicated wreaths to be layed en masse at sea during the Saturday ceremony. The wreaths were made by the local school children using natural materials.

7pm - Light supper at the Birkenhead Boat Club in the Gansbaai harbour. Dress is casual and there will be a nominal charge for supper. Drinks will be available from a cash bar. For catering purposes bookings are essential and should be made through the Gansbaai Tourism office before 15 February 2002.


GANSBAAI SOUTH AFRICA

Saturday 23 February 2002
Venue : Danger Point

8am - Transport for invited guests leaves for Danger Point from the Tolbos Restaurant, Main Road, Gansbaai.

8.30 - 9am - Light refreshments at Danger Point for invited guests

9am - Welcome, opening and start of triathlon

9.05am - Mass wreath laying at sea by a flotilla of small craft over the infamous Birkenhead Rock

  • Wreath laying ceremony - Regimental representatives, school children and guests of honour.
  • Overstrand Mayor
  • Messages

10.30am - Transport for invited guests leaves for Stanford's Cove

11.30am - Stanford's Cove - Welome by Elim Brass Band

12 noon - Start of Tableau re-enacting the survivors making land and being assisted by the local community as it happened a century and a half ago.

1pm - Lunch for Invited Guests

Dress : Smart casual with medals or ribbons for regimental representatives. Full uniform for those in service.

Master of Ceremonies : Jean le Roux


LONDON ENGLAND

Sunday 24 February 2002
Venue : Royal Hospital, Chelsea

10.15am - Viewing of photographic display at North Front

10.30am - Wreath laying ceremony followed by a church service lead by The Rev Dick Whittington MBE and by The Rev Paul Abram, Chaplain to HM Tower of London

  • Messages from South Africa
  • Lunch

Dress : Formal with medals


GANSBAAI SOUTH AFRICA

Tuesday 26 February 2002
Venue : Danger Point

10am - Rededication of Birkenhead Monument

10.15am - Memorial service and laying of wreaths by regimental representatives, civic dignitaries, relatives and others.

Dress : Smart Casual with medals or ribbons for regimental representatives. Full uniform for those in service.

EVERYBODY IS WELCOME TO JOIN THE OVERBERG COMMUNITY AND THEIR INVITED GUESTS IN HONOURING THOSE WHO PERISHED IN THE DISASTER. ENTRANCE IS FREE AND FOR ANY FURTHER INFORMATION REQUIRED PLEASE CONTACT : 
THE GANSBAAI TOURISM OFFICE 
TEL : +27 +28 384 1439 
FAX : +27 +28 384 0955 
E-MAIL : gansbaaiinfo@telkomsa.net

 

 

Many of the survivors landed at Stanfordsbaai, as seen today.

Photo  Copyright JJ Steenekamp 2001