Derry standing on ‘own two feet’

Emily and Leah Crossan enjoyed one of the rides in Ebrington Square during their visit to the Christmas Market. DER4814-107KM

Emily and Leah Crossan enjoyed one of the rides in Ebrington Square during their visit to the Christmas Market. DER4814-107KM

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Derry is now able to stand on its “own two feet” when compared to Belfast, according to Mayor of Derry, Brenda Stevenson.

Colr. Stevenson was beaming with civic pride yesterday afternoon after she visited the Christmas Village in Ebrington.

Derry’s First Citizen told the Sunday Journal that the decision to move the Christmas Village from the Guildhall Square to Ebrington was a good one and said that utilisation of Ebrington over the last 12 months was a sign of something only Derry could offer.

“I was over at the Christmas Village and I couldn’t get over just how excited everyone was. There was a lovely family atmosphere,” said Colr. Stevenson.

“I think this year has shown just how tremendous a location we have in Ebrington. There’s plenty of space for people to walk around, it’s wheelchair and disability friendly and it’s just a hop, skip and a jump across the Peace Bridge from the Guildhall.

“Derry is without question standing on its own two feet. We are able to offer tourists and locals alike something that they can’t get anywhere else in the North and in terms of location we couldn’t be in a better spot for people coming from Sligo, Donegal, Co. Tyrone and from further a field.”

The Christmas Village in Ebrington will run until December 21.

Facilities include a pop-up cinema known as the Festive Film Factory, there’s a Festive Fun Fair, a Spiegeltent Bar, the LegenDerry Ice Rink as well as Christmas market stalls selling a wide array of local and international food and crafts.

For a full programme of all the events taking place throughout Derry this Christmas go to www.festivetime.com