The 30th Anniversary of the Marchioness Disaster

In the early hours of the 20 August 1989 the pleasure boat ‘Marchioness’ sank in the River Thames close to Southwark Cathedral

51 people died on that boat, people who were out celebrating a birthday, many others survived but with memories that live on. The memorial to that disaster is at the west end of Southwark Cathedral. Listing the names of those who died, the memorial was unveiled by Diana, Princess of Wales.

To mark the thirtieth anniversary of that disaster, a number of services will be held by the Cathedral to which all are welcome.

A Vigil will be held on the evening of Monday 19th August on Bankside. The procession will leave the Cathedral at 8.05pm and make its way along Clink Street and past the Anchor Pub to a location between Cannon Street and Southwark Bridges. On the river there will be pleasure boats and the launches of the Police, Fire & Rescue, the RNLI and the PLA. The short service, led by the Bishop of Southwark, will begin at 8.15pm. Please bring natural petals to throw on the water and/or carry a candle in a jam jar.

On Tuesday 20 August at 12.45pm a Eucharist will be held in Southwark Cathedral which will include an Act of Memorial. The Bishop of Southwark will preside at the service. Flowers can be laid at the memorial at the end of the service.

At both services we will hear from survivors and the families of those who died.

There are no tickets required for these services.

All Press Enquiries should be directed to the Bishop’s Press Office at Trinity House 020 7939 9400.