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Mayor hosts Newfoundland group as part of cultural exchange programme

07 September 2016

Mayor pictured with visitors from NewFoundland

The Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock hosted a civil reception for visitors from Newfoundland last week.

The visit which is part of an ongoing programme to establish future musical and cultural group exchange between our Council area and the Newfoundland area in Canada was hugely successful in showcasing the city and district and forging positive links between the two regions.

Among the visitors was the Mayor of Torbay and his wife Ralph and Joanne Tapper accompanied by Mr Billy & Mrs Sharron O’Toole. This, their first visit to the city and district,  was at the request of the Deputy Mayor Cllr Jim McKeever following on from councillor McKeever’s holiday trip to Torbay two years ago when he first met his guests from Newfoundland.

Welcoming the visit and the opportunities it presents, the Mayor said: “This is an exciting opportunity not only culturally and musically but as a tourist income generation model for both areas benefiting the local and wider tourism and hospitality sector.”

The Mayor of Torbay Ralph Tapper speaking during the visit said he was very keen to create a cultural exchange for youth from both Council regions.

As well as a corporate gift from Derry City and Strabane District Council which was presented by the Mayor,  the group were presented with a unique gift created by Maureen McGhee, a jewellery maker from the craft at ‘number 19’ the Craft Village.

The gift of six individual piece was cut from the one larger block of 5000 year old Irish Bog Oak fits together in a presentation holder when the six founders are all together at meetings or exchanges and each piece is worn separately by the founders when they are apart.

Music on the night was a collection of local folk and traditional musicians from across the new Council area joined by two of the visitors from Newfoundland and the Deputy Mayor. Deputy Mayor Jim McKeever said the visit was a huge success and he was very keen to pursue this musical and cultural exchange programme forward in a positive way.