HE was involved in one of the most
famous incidents on board the sinking Titanic but very little is
known about his Liverpool roots. Now curators of Merseyside
Maritime Museum’s exciting new exhibition "Titanic and Liverpool
Untold Story", – opening on 30 March 2012; are appealing for
information about Victor Giglio of 22 Linnet Lane near the city’s
Victor was valet to American multi-millionaire Ben Guggenheim and
the 2 men deliberately dressed in evening clothes as the huge liner
slowly sank. Ben, closely attended by Victor, was heard to say:-
“We’ve dressed up in our best and are prepared to go down like
Ian Murphy, curator of maritime history,
added that:- "There are
about a dozen individuals and families called Giglio in the
Merseyside area. Very little is known of Victor’s early life and we
would like to find out more. So far our researches have drawn a blank but we are hoping there are
descendents of Victor Giglio still in the area although he left as a
small child. We know that he had several brothers who may have
settled here and have relatives."
Anyone who can help is asked to call:- 0151 478 4417.
Victor, probably of Italian descent, was the youngest of 4 sons
whose older brothers were born in Egypt. He later became a boarder
at Ampleforth College in Yorkshire, the famous school run by
He was just 24 when he died with Ben, the 5th son of wealthy mining
mogul Meyer Guggenheim. The Guggenheims made their money in the
competitive commercial world. Ben was certainly very wealthy but he
was not a good businessman and lost more than $8 million in bad
investments. Married with 3 sons, Ben was a notorious playboy
who spent a lot of time travelling, ostensibly on business; he kept
an apartment in Paris and had a young French mistress, singer Léontine Aubart.
Victor must have been highly-organised to cater for the whims of his
employer on their constant travelling. Both met their deaths in a
way that reflected their elegant lifestyles.
Ben and Victor, who had been on a visit to Europe, were returning to
the United States. They were accompanied on Titanic by Léontine, her
maid Emma Sägesser and Ben’s driver René Pernot. Ben and
Victor occupied a First Class suite while the ladies occupied a
separate cabin for propriety’s sake. René travelled Second Class.
Like many other passengers, both Ben and Victor slept through the
impact when Titanic hit the iceberg. They were woken up just after
midnight by the ladies and Victor, no doubt sleepy and confused,
exclaimed:- "Never mind icebergs! What is an iceberg?"
Victor politely persuaded Ben to get up and dressed. At first Ben
put on a heavy sweater to protect him from the bitter cold. They
went up to the Boat Deck where the ladies reluctantly entered a
lifeboat. Ben and Victor coolly returned to their
accommodation and changed into evening wear; dark formal suits,
starched shirts and ties. Ben puffed on an expensive cigar.
Ben gave a message to a survivor saying:- "If anything should
happen to me, tell my wife I’ve done my best in doing my duty."
He, Victor and René all died in the disaster; none of their
bodies were recovered.
The Titanic exhibition is part of the National Museums Liverpool’s
Liverpool and the World exhibition series part-funded by the
European Union; the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Councillor Phil Davies, ERDF North West Local Monitoring Committee
member says:- "Titanic and Liverpool will be a highlight of
the region’s cultural calendar in 2012. This ambitious,
international exhibition will help fuel the North West visitor
economy and raise awareness of the region’s fantastic cultural
offer. Liverpool is a culturally dynamic city and exhibitions such
as this demonstrate that we can deliver world-class visitor
experiences year on year."
European Regional Development
Between 2007 and 2013 the Northwest of England will receive a total
of €755.5 million (dependent on exchange rate) from the European
Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
This funding will enhance the competitiveness of the region’s
economy by supporting growth in employment and enterprise.
Key targets for the NWOP (North West Operational Programme) include:-
► Creating 26,700 net additional jobs by 2015.
► Generating £1.17bn additional annual GVA by 2015.
► Supporting a 25% reduction in addition CO2 emissions generated by
the ERDF programme.
For further information please visit:-
Get set for an
CALLING all Ben 10 fans;
get set for an Ultimatrix week end of fun at Spaceport when Ultimate Swampfire and Ultimate Humungousaur invade the Seacombe attraction
over 25 February 2012 and 26 February 2012.
Visitors to Spaceport will have an opportunity to meet the official
Ben 10 aliens Ultimate Swampfire and Ultimate Humungousaur, take
part in alien animation workshops, be entertained by performers,
including a mad scientist and an astronaut, plus free face painting
at this fun fill Alien Invasion weekend.
Jim Barclay, interim Chief Executive and Director General of
Merseytravel, who own and operate Spaceport said:- "Ben
10 knows all about Aliens and here at Spaceport we know all about
space exploration, so it seemed like a great idea to bring the two
together for a weekend of fun."
As well as meeting the Ben 10 Aliens, visitors to the exhibition can
also learn about the universe we live in, with fascinating factual
displays about the Moon, our Solar System and the history of space
Usual Spaceport admission prices apply with no extra charge for
activities or face painting. See
spaceport.org.uk or call:- 0151 330 1566 for full
Spaceport prices are as follows:-
Child - £4.50 (3 to 15 yrs),
Family:- £20.00 (2 adults and 3 children),
Joint Spaceport & River Explorer Cruise are as follows:-
Child - £4.50
(3 to 4 yrs)
Child:- £6.50 (5 to 15 yrs)
£30.00 (2 adults and 3 children)
Labour Euro MPs
vote for tougher compensation regime for savers
LABOUR Euro MPs voted to
toughen up requirements on banks to strengthen protection for
account holders in the event of a bank failure.
Vice President of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, Euro
MP Arlene McCarthy said:- “We all remember the scenes in 2007
when hundreds of customers of Northern Rock queued to take their
money out, with 1 billion GBP removed in one day, and panicking that
the bank would collapse.
It is vital that we strengthen schemes to protect depositors' money.
We are calling on our governments to put in place 1.5% of their
deposits on an upfront pre-fund to ensure, in the case of
bankruptcy, that customers can get their money quickly.
We have to draw the lesson from the financial crisis and make sure
any further crisis is not financed by the taxpayer.
That is why we are increasing the amount to be put in the guarantee
deposit schemes, ensuring they are pre-funded (ex-ante) and calling
for a faster full pay out, reducing it from the current 20 days, to
5 working days.
It is disappointing that Conservative Euro MPs have tabled last
minute amendments to dilute and weaken the scheme by allowing Member
States the option of ditching the pre-funding and relieving banks of
their responsibility to cover savers' deposits in advance. This
would leave consumers more vulnerable to losing deposits if a bank
fails of forcing taxpayers to pick up the bill."
For Everyone Update!
THE next meeting of the
‘Southport Access For Everyone’ forum will be held at
Methodist Church, Sussex Road, Southport PR8 6DG, on Monday, 27
February 2012, at 7.00 pm. This is a free public meeting. The
premises are fully accessible for wheelchair users, with adequate
car parking facilities, and light refreshments will be served before
the meeting commences.
Anyone with an interest in disability issues is welcome. for
more information why not visit the groups
website? The groups meetings
are usually be held on the 4th Monday of each
Merseyside progresses North West Coastal Trail
THE British Horse Society, Merseyside (BHS)
has assisted planning for the North West Coastal Trail by
participating in a workshop sharing their experiences of riding at
the coast, issues of access and opportunities for linkages. The
workshop, at Ainsdale Discovery Centre, was designed to complement a
survey on horse-riding access to the North West coast which is a
joint BHS and North West Coastal Forum initiative and runs until the
end of March 2012. The North West Coastal Trail is an ambitious
project, aiming to create a continuous, multi-use trail running
along the coast from Carlisle to Chester, using existing paths where
possible. The Trail will provide access for walkers, cyclists and
horse riders. For more information about the survey and to
nwcoastalforum.org. For further
information, please contact: Alison Coleman, The British Horse
Society, via emailing:-