MEMORABILIA from the liner Titanic, which sank in April 1912, was recently on display in Melksham.It was exhibited at an antiques valuation day at the Brookside care home organised by the Orders of St John Care Trust.

The memorabilia was brought in for discussion by Andrew Aldridge, of Devizes auctioneers Henry Aldridge and Sons.

It included a plaque recovered from the side of one of the Titanic’s lifeboats and a framed menu from the fateful ship.

Aaron Whitehead, Area Operations Director for OSJCT, said: “The plaque had recently sold for £86,000 and the menu for £62,000 so visitors, residents and the team were very privileged to be able to hold the pieces of history.”

Around 20 people from the local community, including care home staff, attended with items to be valued.

Melksham mayor, Cllr Adrienne Westbrook and her husband also attended the event and brought in one of their own items, a silver box.

Mr Whitehead added: “A variety of pieces were seen including paintings, silver and porcelain, some of which was several hundred years old and a few pieces were valued at several hundred pounds.”

“One of the most interesting of these was a silver box bought in by the mayor’s husband.

“These events are always fascinating with many interesting pieces on view. Our residents greatly enjoy themselves and the day brings to life wonderful memories through the items.

“We would like to thank everyone involved and the local community for its participation and in helping to create a fabulous atmosphere.”

A similar event will be held at the Goodson Lodge care home in Trowbridge on Tuesday, November 13, from 2-4pm.