Community leaders hope for peaceful march

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Community workers in the Bogside and Brandywell area have said they are hopeful that their efforts will lead to a peaceful weekend around the Apprentice Boys parade.

Last year several community organisations in the area worked together in the ‘Building Peace - Begins in the Streets’ project which resulted in the most peaceful summer in the area for 40 years.

Community leaders in the area have said the same level of commitment is going into those efforts this year.

Karen Mullan, Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum said; “We will work and support residents again this year in expressing their will for a peaceful summer. During this period the Féile will be in full swing with something for everyone. We hope that residents have the opportunity to engage with the events of Féile by having the chance to celebrate the last 18 years, looking back as well as looking confidently to a better future.”

Deborah Cross from Dove House said she hopes repeat last year’s success. “We wish to build on the success of last year and encourage people of all ages to use their time positively over the course of the 12th August weekend.

“The Bogside will be animated with colour and carnival fun with an amazing programme of packed activities to celebrate 18 years of Feile.”

“In recent years Féile has become recognised as the largest community celebration in the North West and will offer the people of the Bogside & Brandywell and wider City over 100 exciting event,” she said.

Ms Cross added; “It is imperative that the collective voice of residents and community workers alike prevail.

“We wish through a process of dialogue, discussion and empowerment that the genuine will of the residents and wider community will prevail and that everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the activities during this year’s Féile,” she said.

For more details and information on the Feile see page 8 of today’s Derry Journal