Community spirit and Titanic tragedy (E379)
Coronavirus has had a major impact on our day-to-day lives, with Britain’s restrictions among the harshest in the world. But behind the tragedy, there are some remarkable stories.
Whilst the UK has lost so much over the last year, one thing that is certainly having a resurgence is community spirit. Throughout lockdown, many community groups have sprung up to support people. Apps like Neighbourly help groups distribute surplus food from supermarkets to communities and support those who have hit hard times. So, we invited the founder of one of these many groups, Paul Cockle, onto Sputnik to tell us more.
The Titanic tragedy is by far the most famous sinking of a cruise liner, and indeed one of the deadliest. The ship, built in Belfast in 1908, was on its maiden voyage to New York when after just four days it struck an iceberg and went down to the seabed.
Now, 109 years on, Sputnik is joined by Titanic expert and author of ‘The Olympic-Class Ships’, Mark Chirnside, who came on to tell us more about this famous ship and its lesser-known sister.