Next stop Temple - Derry’s first underground sign

BIG THANK YOU!. . . . .Hillcrest House's Geraldine O'Donnell pictured with the 'thank you' letter and the 'Temple' London Underground sign. Included from left are Charlie Tracey, Sean Toland, Rosemary Griffin, Junior Morrison and Jo Lynch. DER1915MC027

BIG THANK YOU!. . . . .Hillcrest House's Geraldine O'Donnell pictured with the 'thank you' letter and the 'Temple' London Underground sign. Included from left are Charlie Tracey, Sean Toland, Rosemary Griffin, Junior Morrison and Jo Lynch. DER1915MC027

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Staff at Hillcrest House have been given a present with a difference - their very own underground sign.

But it won’t be used on the London tube line, the sign ‘Temple’ will be given pride of place at Hillcrest House until the new community centre in the area is built.

A present from Artichoke who helped mastermind the hugely successful David Best Temple project in Derry, the sign is a real first for Derry.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw this package arrive,” said Top of the Hill Community Worker Geraldine O’Donnell.

“I wasn’t expecting anything. But Helen Marriage decided to send it to us.”

Geraldine revealed how Artichoke and community workers had worked closely to engage with residents ahead of the famous burning.

“The whole community embraced the project,” she said. “We didn’t hear one complaint despite all the traffic. Artichoke were confident that the temple would work here and it really surpassed all our expectations. People came back two and three times to see it, I was up there every day and night.

“The residents call it ‘our Temple’ and it brought a real positive outlook to the area.”

And Geraldine says the legacy of the temple is continuing.

“People were amazed by the view, many of them had never been up here before and they’ve come back to take pictures.

“We’ve also had families coming back to have picnics.”

Geraldine says the Temple sign will be given pride of place in Hillcrest House until the new community centre is built.

“It is a great token for residents. It showed the area as a real shared space by bringing art into the community. The Temple put the Top of the Hill on the world stage.”