Wallace Hartley was born at 92 Greenfield Road, Colne, in 1878. By the age of 15, he was giving solo violin performances and, soon after, entertained passengers on transatlantic liners. In 1912, he became bandmaster on the ill-fated Titanic and continued to lead his band as the mighty ship sank beneath the waves. His body was recovered two weeks later and brought back to Colne. Around 40,000 people lined the route of the funeral procession on its way to Colne cemetery. A statue was erected soon after, which still stands today.
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