​Sailors’ Society holds 32nd anniversary service marking the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster ​Sailors’ Society holds 32nd anniversary service marking the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster

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Sailors’ Society holds 32nd anniversary service marking the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster

The Herald of Free Enterprise memorial window at St Mary's Church, Dover
The Herald of Free Enterprise memorial window at St Mary's Church, Dover

Grieving families affected by the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster gathered to mark the 32nd anniversary memorial service in Dover on Wednesday (6 March).

The Herald capsized in just 90 seconds after setting sail from Zeebrugge, Belgium, on Friday 6 March, 1987.

It was on course for Dover when tragedy struck and 193 people lost their lives.

Sandra Welch, Sailors’ Society’s deputy CEO, who led the service, said: “The tragedy may have happened 32 years ago but it has remained in the hearts of our chaplains who comforted and supported the families and survivors affected.

“The service gives us the chance to join with families in remembrance of the loved ones they lost that night, and the many heroic acts carried out by crew and passengers.”