Mark Durkan MP: Huge pride in Derry for soprano Margaret Keys

Derry sporano Margaret Keys who will perform for Pope Francis during his tour of the USA.

Derry sporano Margaret Keys who will perform for Pope Francis during his tour of the USA.

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SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has said there is great pride and joy in Derry today for soprano Margaret Keys who will sing to Pope Francis during his papal visit to the US.

Ms Keys, who will take to the stage alongside other singing celebrities such as Andrea Bocelli and Aretha Franklin for the special papal show which is to be broadcast across the world, is the daughter of former SDLP Derry City Councillor Bill Keys.

Mr Durkan said: “There will be great pride and a lot of joy for Margaret and her family that she has been chosen for this special performance.

“It is well-deserved recognition of her special talent and warm spirit.

“She knows how proud her father would have been on this signal occasion, but she should also know that pride will not just be reflected in her own family but across the city among all who admire her gift and cherish his memory.”