A Liverpool carnival to mark the centenary of the Titantic's sinking has been called "insensitive" by a relative of the shipping magnate who built the ship, according to the Daily Mail.

The £2 million, three-day "sea odyssey" is being organized by the council chiefs in Liverpool and is being paid for by the European and Arts Council.

The celebration will feature 30ft tall puppets parading through the city's streets and will likely attract thousands of spectators.

However, 56-year-old Clifford Ismay, a descendant of J Bruce Ismay, a founder of White Star Line, who built the ship, is saying that the Liverpool celebration is in "bad taste."

"There is a line you can cross in making something considered as a fitting tribute," said Ismay.

"With the plans for this "sea odyssey" that line has been crossed with incredibly bad taste.

"Spectacular and celebration are two words that should not be used in connection with the loss of RMS Titanic.

"The words remembrance and memorial would be more fitting. There are still a lot of people around who lost relatives aboard the Titanic.

"I don’t like the idea of commemorating the loss of lives and the sinking of Titanic with a parade. It really is very insensitive," he added.


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The puppets, which were devised by Jean-Luc Courcoult, will tell the story of a letter written by the daughter of a bedroom steward on the ship.

May McMurray wrote a letter to her father William saying, "It's very lonely without you, dear father."

The 43-year-old McMurray, of Kensington, Liverpool, never had a chance to read the letter, which was sent just two days before the Titanic struck an iceberg on April 15, 1912. He died trying to rescue passengers and his body was never recovered.

Courcoult, the artistic director for French puppeteers Royal de Luxe, was inspired after reading May's letter, which is on display at the Maritime Museum in Liverpool.

But Ismay, who runs the Titanic Museum in Maryport, Cumbria, said, "The theme of this puppet show is a poignant reminder, a personal story, which should be treated with care and respect.

"Mr McMurray would have met a harrowing death and he is a victim - as is his daughter who grew up without a father.

"I support most things to do with Titanic so long as it is respectful to those who lost their lives that fateful night.

"We will have a service to remember those who died and mourn the impact it had on the lives of survivors or relatives of the dead and lay wreaths on the tide at Solway.

"I think that is the correct way to remember Titanic."

The RMS Titanic set off for its maiden voyage to New York from Southampton, but Liverpool was her registered home port and many of the crew members, including Ismay and Captain James Smith, were from the city.