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Council looks back on the end of an era

20 March 2015

April 1 heralds the beginning of the new Derry City and Strabane District Council, bringing to a close the final page in the history of Derry City Council.

Marking the occasion visitors to the Guildhall’s Whittaker Suite and Mayor’s Parlour, will be welcomed next week by Mayor of Derry Councillor Brenda Stevenson – the last serving Mayor of Derry – and Deputy Mayor Gary Middleton, as well as other council members. They will give some fascinating insights into the Council’s story, represented by some select pieces from the Civic Collection and the many memories they hold. Part of the celebrations will include a Treasure Trail around the Guildhall and Tower Museum for all ages, where visitors can discover the city’s treasures.
Speaking before the opening of the collection on Monday, Mayor Stevenson said: “Of course it’s sad to see the end of an era and what has been an eventful chapter in terms of the history of the city. But it’s extremely exciting in that it marks a fresh start and the opportunity to introduce many changes and improvements to service for the public.

“It’s going to be extremely emotional for me of course as this marks the end of my time as Mayor. But I really look forward to taking the opportunity to share some of the history and highlights with anyone who calls in to view the civic collection. I would encourage people to drop in and tell us some of their own stories about the council and its role in the development and regeneration of our beautiful city.”

The public can share some of the key moments and memories of the council through a special series of interviews and photographs looking back on the past five decades as the Council Reels in the Years.

Each day next week council staff members will look back on a different decade with features on social media, the local press and radio. And the archives have been raided to provide a collection of photographs capturing some of the highlights over the years which will be broadcast on the Big Screen in Waterloo Street.

The exhibition in the Guildhall will be open from Monday 23rd March to Thursday 26th March, 11am – 4pm daily (with the exception of lunchtime on Wednesday). The Treasure Trail is £1 with daily prizes to be won including free tea and coffee with a scone for all visitors to the Whittaker Suite.