Strong commuinity spirit has always been one of the hallmarks of life in Derry.
Even through the myriad of problems experienced in the city over the years, the community always banded together.
It was that community spirit, often in the face of adversity, that held communities together in many parts of the city and paved the way for the large community and voluntary sector that our city depends on.
The idea of a community working together has borne fruit across the city, from the development of state-of-the-art leisure facilities to the building of much-needed social housing.
One of the finest examples of this spirt of community action will be seen in the city all this week with the Gasyard Féile. This community festival, which has been held in the city since 1993, epitomizes what is best about Derry’s community spirit.
At its heart, the Féile is about empowering communities and providing opportunities in areas that have been subject to under-investment in the past.
The Féile, along with a number of other community festivals across the city, is an invaluable reminder of the importance of a strong community spirit. They allow Derry to showcase one of its best assets; its people.
While Derry’s strong community spirit may have been forged in more difficult times, it is heartening to see that it is still as strong as ever and all credit must go to those dedicated community workers, from all areas of the city, who work every day for the benefit of others.