British troops arriving at Derry’s quayside on August 14, 1969.

British troops arrive at Derry's quayside on August 14, 1969.
British troops arrive at Derry's quayside on August 14, 1969.

This old photograph from the Derry Journal’s photographic archive is just one of many which will feature in a special supplement available FREE with Tuesday’s edition of the paper.

The eight page feature - entitled ‘Life in Derry in 1969: The Year Everything Changed’ - focuses on the 12 month period when Derry changed beyond all recognition, going from a city with its politics bubbling under the surface to a city in open revolt against the state.

In effect, the photographs graphically illustrate a society coming apart at the seams.

From housing sit-ins to street protests, violent clashes to the arrival of the British Army on the streets of Derry, these unique images from 1969 bring the past to life in a way that written records alone cannot.

As always, you come face to face with people from the past and wonder where they came from, where they went and what their story is.

Be sure to get your copy of Tuesday’s ‘Derry Journal’.