Maritime festival to be Derry’s ‘best ever’

The end to the 2012 Foyle Maritime Festival in Derry was marked with a huge firework display.
The end to the 2012 Foyle Maritime Festival in Derry was marked with a huge firework display.
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The Foyle Maritime Festival “will be the biggest festival” to be held in Derry, according to the Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Elisha McCallion.

Councillor McCallion made the comments after a special presentation on the Foyle Maritime Festival in the Guildhall on Thursday.

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the planning of the Foyle Maritime Festival,” said Colr. McCallion.

“I believe it will be the biggest festival to be ever rolled in this city.”

The festival is designed to co-incide with the arrival of the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race vessels into Derry in July.

The Foyle Maritime Festival will run from July 9 to 17 and will take place in Ebrington Square and along Queen’s Quay.

There will be a stage, a bar and two marquees in Ebrington Square during the festival.

A ticketed music concert is due to take place in Ebrington Square on Friday, July 15.

A continental style Artisan market will also be staged from the Peace Bridge to the main council car park beside Queen’s Quay Roundabout.

The festival finale will take place on Saturday, July 16 from 8:30p.m. to 11p.m and a ‘Parade of Sail’ will happen at 1pm. on Sunday, July 17 as the vessels leave Derry for the last time.

The festival will officially close on Sunday July 17 at 6pm.

“We are very excited about the festival,” said DCSDC Event Manager, Jacqueline Whoriskey.

“People coming to the festival will notice that it will change every day.

“It will not be static and all and whether you come to the festival every day or two or three days you will notice the changes.

“There will literally be something for everyone - we are really excited.”