Massive Mexican Wave planned for Derry’s Walls

Rachel Bruce, Community Fundraiser at Foyle Hospice and Maureen Hetherington, Holywell Trust, with University of Ulster Interns Janeen Leese and Sarah Friedlander pictured on Derry Walls to call for volunteers to register at www.walls400.com/waveonthewalls. Photo: Lorcan Doherty

Rachel Bruce, Community Fundraiser at Foyle Hospice and Maureen Hetherington, Holywell Trust, with University of Ulster Interns Janeen Leese and Sarah Friedlander pictured on Derry Walls to call for volunteers to register at www.walls400.com/waveonthewalls. Photo: Lorcan Doherty

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Director of Holywell Trust, Eamonn Deane, has issued an appeal for local organisations to sign up for this month’s “Wave on the Walls” event.

Mr. Deane explained: “So far this year, people here have been extraordinary in their enthusiasm to participate in mass events.

“We need you to help once again to send out a signal of citizen solidarity and engagement. We want to mark the 400th anniversary of the process which resulted in the building of the City Walls by getting 1,500 volunteers together for a massive Mexican Wave around the mile-long circuit of the Walls on Derry Walls Day.”

Derry Walls Day 2013 takes place on Sunday, August 25, during National Heritage Week, when 23 towns across Ireland celebrate the heritage of their town Walls. This year’s event will be especially significant because it coincides with the quadricentennial of the marking out of the ground for the Derry Walls in August 1613.

Janeen Leese, who’s co-ordinating the Wave on the Walls, explained: “We are particularly keen for community groups, businesses and public organisations to register to take part as a group. All group members will receive a specially designed Wave on the Walls T-shirt and souvenir certificate.”

Entry to the event is free but a voluntary donation, on the day, to Foyle Hospice is recommended.

Register on-line at www.walls400.com/waveonthewalls