Mayor of Derry and Strabane declines invite to Remembrance Sunday service

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion.
The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion.

The Mayor Derry and Strabane has declined an invitation from the British Legion to attend the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the city’s war memorial this weekend.

Councillor Elisha McCallion met with the local branch of the British Legion this week and said she had discussed “inclusive ways of commemorating shared history”.

In a statement released by the Mayor’s office she continued: “Our discussions were cordial and fruitful. I explained my reason for my decision to respectfully decline the Legion’s invitation to attend the Cenotaph this Sunday.

“I welcome the Legion’s understanding and acceptance of my decision.

“I will delegate attendance at the War Memorial in the Diamond on Sunday to Deputy Mayor, Thomas Kerrigan.

“Following the practice of former Sinn Féin Mayors I intend to hold a day of reflection in early December which will commemorate all those from the Council District who died as a result of all conflict.

“ I believe that delegating this event to the Deputy Mayor is the most respectful manner in which to proceed.”