All hands on deck as apprentices get Derry ready for Lumiere

NIE apprentices who worked on the Lumiere installation at the Peace Bridge. Photo: Martin McKeown
NIE apprentices who worked on the Lumiere installation at the Peace Bridge. Photo: Martin McKeown
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It’s all hands on deck as NIE’s first year apprentices help with The Travellers installation, Cedric Le Borgne’s amazing illuminated figures, on the Peace Bridge for Lumiere in Derry.

Six NIE plant maintenance apprentices and two instructors helped to lay the cable for the 12 figures which will be suspended in and around the bridge and illuminated during the festival which begins on Thursday.

The Lumiere festival is taking place over four nights in Derry from Thursday to Sunday as part of the City of Culture celebrations. A total of 17 different installations will be located in and around the city on both sides of the River Foyle, turning the city into one huge outdoor gallery.

Derek Curran, NIE apprentice instructor, said “We’ve been more than happy to come down and help out. It’s a bit of a change from our day to day activities. We’ve been running cables across the bridge as part of this big light installation which will really transform the city.”

NIE has been training apprentices for over 30 years. Its overhead lines training school is based at the company’s depot in Campsie.

For more information on NIE’s apprenticeships visit www.nie.co.uk.