December 5 2013 Latest news:
Monday, August 26, 2013
‘And the band played on’ – one of the most poignant recollections from survivors of the most famous maritime disaster in history.
One of the men who continued to play was the Titanic’s first violinist John Hume, and although she was born decades after his death, his great niece says her feet have not touched the ground since she wrote the first in a series of books about him and the liner four years ago.
Yvonne Hume, who lives in Boughton, near Downham Market, was speaking after an estimated 300 people visited the Norfolk Titanic Association’s exhibition at Hoveton Village Hall yesterday.
She said: “People want to know how I feel about the way he died. They want to know how long I have known about him, which is all my life. I explain to them that I went to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to his final resting place because that’s where his body was taken. That was emotional for me after years researching for the books.”
She admits that any would-be author could only be jealous that she received a contract within 48 hours of first contacting a publisher. She now has publishers in Scotland and Canada, next year she will work at a Titanic Museum in Missouri, and, with her husband, will launch Hume-Alexander Publishing next February.
So far her books include RMS Titanic The First Violin, RMS Titanic “Dinner is Served”, and Titanic the cookbook, and she is now writing her autobiography.
“I have always known about the Titanic but I was growing up in the days when people did not talk about death,” she said. “If I mentioned him things went a bit quiet and it was not long before I realised I should not keep bringing the subject up. But as I got older I was able to do more research without hurting anyone.
“The last four years of my life, my feet have not touched the ground. It’s a whirlwind of publicity, work and book signings.”
Asked why the story still fascinates, she said: “It’s a romantic ship. It was the ship of dreams. It was the unsinkable ship. It was just a magical liner.
“Of course, you have the tragedy, but before that the romantic build up was just amazing. It just touched everyone’s heart strings.”