A taste of life from the Titanic era

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AN ORIGINAL menu for a celebratory meal marking the launch of the Titanic is to go on sale at auction this weekend.

The pamphlet is one of just a handful to survive from the VIP luncheon on board the ill-fated vessel a century ago.

The formal luncheon, sponsored by Harland & Wolff was held in the Grand Central Hotel, Belfast, several months before she sank. According to contemporary press reports around 70 prominent people were in attendance including Luigi Gatti, who would later be manager of Titanic’s a la carte restaurant.

Members of the press enjoyed a later meal at the same hotel, also sponsored by the shipyard. It was at the press lunch the Titanic is reputed to have been branded as “unsinkable”.

The menu is expected to sell for more than £30,000 when it goes under the hammer.