​Council will mark the 67th anniversary of the MV Princess Victoria ferry disaster with a Memorial Service on Friday 31 January.

Princess Victoria was one of the first roll on roll off designed ferries and made daily return crossings from Larne to Stranraer.

Tragically it was caught up in severe weather during the great storm of 1953.

The heavy seas led to the stern gates of the car deck being forced open and within four hours Princess Victoria sank.

It is thought that 177 people were on board including 49 members of the crew and that the disaster claimed the lives of 134 people.

The tragedy had a huge impact on Larne with 27 of the victims from the town.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Maureen Morrow, said: “The sinking of Princess Victoria devastated families and communities here, in Stranraer and further afield.

“It might have happened many years ago but the pain and loss are still felt by many families from our borough.”

The 67th commemoration of the disaster will take place at 11 am on Friday 31 January.

It will be followed by refreshments in the Leisure Centre.

An invite will also be sent to Dumfries & Galloway Council.