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Stricken ship Aghios Georgios II remembered 50 years on

30 April 2013 Last updated at 21:39 BST

Fifty years have passed since the Lebanese freight ship the Aghios Georgios II caught fire on the East Sussex coast.

Hordes of spectators arrived to see the blaze, which broke out at Normans Bay near Eastbourne on 27 April, 1963.

Ian Palmer spoke to eyewitness Ron Smith, historian Paul Hales, and resident Chris Barwick.

Archive footage courtesy of British Pathe