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Places available for Ellan Vannin ceremony

Organisers of next week's commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of the loss of the Ellan Vannin, say they are keen to involve any Manx people interested in taking part.

A Mersey Ferry will sail to the mouth of the River Mersey on Thursday morning for a short service which will be attended by descendants of at least six of the those who died in the tragedy.

Chief Minister Tony Brown and chairman of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Robert Quayle will cast wreaths on the water in an act of remembrance organised by the Manx Heritage Foundation.

Twenty-one crew and 14 passengers perished when the Ellan Vannin sank in violent storms.

One of the Liverpool organisers Harry Edmondson says it will be a dignified and solemn occasion (play audio file):

Harry says there will be places on the ferry for anyone from the Isle of Man who wants to join in.

They don't need to buy tickets for the ferry but should arrive at the Mersey Ferry terminal at Liverpool Pier Head before 10am on Thursday, when the ferry is due to depart.

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