Memorial for victims of Sunderland disaster

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VICTIMS of the Victoria Hall disaster will be remembered today.

On June 16, 1883, 183 children lost their lives when they were crushed in a stampede for gifts after a show at Victoria Hall, in Toward Road.

Sunderland Old Township Heritage Society has organised an event by the memorial in Mowbray Park to mark the day.

Hudson and Valley Road pupils will read out the names of the children who died, and a service will be led by Father Stephen Edmonds, of St Ignatius Church.