Free swimming and clubs to mark 1916 and Somme

The Swimming baths at Templemore Sports Complex.
The Swimming baths at Templemore Sports Complex.
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Derry’s swimming baths and museums will be opened free of charge to all people during the Easter holiday and in early July to mark the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.

Special free fun activity camps will also be provided to young people, after the council backed the proposals from Mayor of Derry Elisha McCallion at the February full council meeting.

Sinn Fein Councillor McCallion said that 2016 was a hugely significant year, and that citizens in our council area “quite rightly wish to celebrate these events.”

She said that what was being proposed, was an “innovative, joint and non-contentious” way of marking the celebrations.

The Mayor said she had already tasked council officers to draft options, to be presented in the coming days.

SDLP Councillor John Boyle, who suggested the inclusion of museums, commended the Mayor on taking the initiative. “It seems an appropriate idea given the year that is in it,” he said.

Independent Colr Gary Donnelly said he was having difficulty linking the events with the proposals, while Colr. Darren O’Reilly said this should happen every year.