Future British Prime Minister pays a visit to the Guildhall

Harold Wilson in Derry visit in 1947.
Harold Wilson in Derry visit in 1947.
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This photograph, kindly supplied to us by ‘Journal’ reader Sean Mullan, shows a relatively young Harold Wilson pictured during a visit to Derry in 1947.

At the time, the future British prime minister was a member of Clement Attlee’s groundbreaking post-war Labour government.

Pictured outside the Guildhall - where he was accorded a civic reception - Mr. Wilson stands alongside local luminaries such as Mayor Sir Basil McFarland and Foyle MP Paddy Maxwell.

Wilson was to go on to bigger and better things and was British premier on two occasions: firstly, between 1964 and 1970, and, secondly, between 1974 and 1976.

Wilson’s first government had witnessed the outbreak of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. In response to a request from the Government of Northern Ireland, Wilson agreed to deploy the British Army in August 1969 in an effort to maintain the peace.

In May 1974, when back in office as leader of a minority government, Wilson condemned the UWC strike as “sectarian”.