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Garden opens in memory of Titanic survivor

A garden has been opened as a memorial to the last survivor of the Titanic.

Southampton Mayor Derek Burke officially opened the garden at the end of May in memory of resident Millvina Dean.

Millvena was the longest living Titanic survivor before she died in 2009 and was also the youngest passenger on board the doomed ship.

The garden has been created close to the entrance of the new SeaCity Museum in Southampton after money was raised by the Millvena Fund.

Councillor Warwick Payne, of Southampton City Council, said: “With the opening of Southampton’s SeaCity Museum on the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, it could not be more appropriate to celebrate the life of Millvina Dean by dedicating the garden at SeaCity to her memory.

“Millvina was an extraordinary woman with and extraordinary story and a valued member of our local community.”

David Hill, of the Millvena Fund, said: “With her joyous philosophy and unassuming personality, Millvina Dean touched the hearts of all who knew her. The administrators of the Millvina Fund are particularly pleased that this garden dedicated to her memory will be seen and enjoyed by thousands from around the world who will come to enjoy the SeaCity Museum.

“We express our gratitude to the Millvina Fund’s donors, Southampton City Council and the city’s parks and recreation department, who have translated our concepts into a lovely living tribute to this remarkable lady.”

Bertram Frank Dean and Georgette Eva Light Dean boarded the Titanic at Southampton with their daughter Millvina and son Bertram Vere to emigrate to Wichita, Kansas in April 2012. Millvina’s father died when the Titanic sank.


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