Reminder of historic Lancastria disaster

AN award-winning documentary about Britain’s worst ever maritime disasters will be screened in Eckford Village Hall tomorrow night.

Lancastria tells the tale of the Clyde-built World War II troopship which was sunk off the north west coast of France on June 17, 1940, with the loss of an estimated 4,000 lives. That figure is more than the combined death tolls from the Titanic and World War I ocean liner Lusitania, when 1,200 died.

The documentary has been shown in 85 countries worldwide, but has yet to be broadcast in the UK.

The film lasts one hour and will be followed by a short presentation and question and answer session with Mark Hirst, the grandson of a survivor.

The screening starts at 7pm and is free.