Review of the Year: AprilBy Laura Herbert
December 28, 2012
A Wokingham man whose uncle drowned when the Titanic sank was reunited with a long-lost relative.
Ellison Withe used www.ancestry.co.uk to trace Ian Booth, the greatgrandson of Alexander Thompson who died during the ship’s maiden voyage to New York 100 years ago.
Mr Booth and his 10-year-old daughter Lucy travelled from their home in Aberdeen to Wokingham to meet Mr Withe for the first time,
ahead of a number of Titanic memorial events in Southampton.
Mr Thompson, a stone mason, boarded the Titanic seeking a new life and job in America, with his wife Isabella and three children due to join him later.
The 36-year-old had been due to sail to America on the Cymric three months earlier but the voyage was cancelled because of a coal strike, and he was transferred to the Titanic as a third-class steerage passenger.
Vintage tractors worth around £250,000 were wrecked in a barn fire in Finchampstead that is believed to have been started by an electrical fault.
More than 40 firefighters from six stations were called to the yard in Reading Road at around 1.15am on Monday, April 23, where 14 tractors were destroyed in the blaze.
Timothy Staines, of TS Renovations Ltd, said: “I can’t replace them.
"I have been collecting them for 35 years.”
The new beginning of Waingels College was officially marked with a visit from HRH The Duke of York (pictured).
The royal visitor declared the innovative £31 million buildings open and toured classrooms accompanied by headteacher Ann Keane-Maher, head boy Matthew Savage and head girl Charlotte Gorman.
The futuristic concept of the four new blocks at the Woodley school,with coloured areas for different areas of teaching and a communal ‘heart space’, was explained to the Duke, who unveiled a plaque to commemorate his visit.