Blog Commemorating the Arandora Disaster Birmingham’s Eastside will play host to a private memorial event for around 100 overseas visitors and their families in Eastside to commemorate the sinking of the SS Arandora Star ship on 2 July 1940. The service will take place at St Michael’s Church, on Moor Street opposite Hotel La Tour, on 2 July at 2.00pm and will finish at The Woodman pub. The Arandora Star passenger ship, bound from Liverpool to internment camps in Canada in the early hours of July 2, 1940, later became a statistic in one of the conflict’s greatest maritime atrocities. The ship was struck by a U-boat torpedo and sank. Only 586 survived the horror. Some of those who died on the ship came from Eastside in an area previously known to locals as “Little Italy”. Dorothy Bradbury, whose family, the Farinas, moved to Birmingham in the late 1800s, as well as local historian and Birmingham Mail columnist prof Carl Chinn have been campaigning to have this event recognised and it has finally come to fruition. Local businesses including Millennium Point, Hotel La Tour, Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, and Thomas Fattorini Ltd are proudly supporting this event and have generously donated their time and resources in order to make it a success. We would like to wish the organisers every success with such a meaningful event and hope that the story of the SS Arandora Star can be told for generations to come.