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A memorial service will remember the victims of the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster in Dover today.

06 March 2014
by Mercury reporter

A service to remember the victims who died in the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster on March 6, 1987 will be held in Dover today.

The annual service will commemorate the 193 people who died when the ferry capsized after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.

The annual service for the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster will take place tomorrow (Thursday)

It will be held at St Mary’s Church in Biggin Street, Dover, starting at 11am. Refreshments will be available afterwards.

The church will be open to survivors, friends or relatives of those who died to come along and pay their respects.

Afterwards, many will visit the memorial rose garden on Dover seafront, while others may throw flowers into the sea.

The Townsend Thoreson ferry, known locally as the Herald, left the port for Dover with 460 passengers on board at 7.20pm on March 6 1987. Many of the passengers were taking advantage of the a national newspaper’s £1 offer.

The ferry had capsized within eight minutes.

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