VIDEO: Titanic Bandmaster Wallace Hartley’s violin on display in Dewsbury

The world-famous violin played by RMS Titanic Bandmaster Wallace Hartley has gone on display for one day only.

The violin returned to the town where Hartley lived for the first time in more than 100 years today (Monday) for a special exhibition at Dewsbury Town Hall.

TITANIC TREASURE Alan Aldridge with the violin.

TITANIC TREASURE Alan Aldridge with the violin.

Hartley, a member of the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra, led the eight member band on the doomed ship as it sank on April 14 1912.

His violin, an engagement gift from his fiancee Maria, was on display alongside his leather case, initialled W.H.H. (Wallace Henry Hartley), and music sheets that were recovered at sea alongside his body.

Around 600 people had booked tickets to view the free exhibition.

Visitors also enjoyed tea and cakes and live music from a violinist and pianist in the town hall’s vintage style tea room.

The violin and other Titanic artefacts will be sold in an auction in Devizes, Wiltshire, on Saturday by Henry Aldridge and Son, the world’s leading auctioneer of Titanic memoribilia.

See this week’s paper for a special report on the exhibition.