The Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson has opened a book of condolence in memory of the renowned local BBC broadcaster Gerry Anderson.
The book was opened at the Guilhall at lunch-time on Friday ahead of Mr Anderson’s funeral at St Eugene’s Cathedral.
The much-loved broadcaster and former Showband favourite passed away on Thursday after a long illness.
News of his death has been met with shock and sadness throughout the city and beyond, as family, friends, colleagues, and fans, touched by his humour and warmth contributed to a flood of tributes both on social media and the airwaves.
Paying tribute to Gerry Anderson, Mayor Stevenson said: “It is only fitting that a Book of Condolence should be opened in Gerry’s memory as he was undoubtedly one of the best loved sons of this city. Gerry Anderson made people from across the region and beyond laugh every day he was on air, and he will long be remembered for his warmth and wit. He leaves a legacy of laughter in his wake.
“I know that the people of Derry will want to express their deepest sympathies with Gerry’s wife Christine and his family, as we all share some of their sadness at the loss of such an exceptional man.”
Members of the public are encouraged to call in to the Guildhall and take the opportunity to express their sympathy.
The Book of Condolence will be open from 9am to 5pm over the coming days.