‘Overwhelmed’ by public support

A PSNI officer stands at a cordon on Wednesday night as the ATO arrives in Guildhall Square after a bomb attack on the City of Culture premises. 1410JM55
A PSNI officer stands at a cordon on Wednesday night as the ATO arrives in Guildhall Square after a bomb attack on the City of Culture premises. 1410JM55
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The chairman of the City of Culture company, Martin Bradley, has said he has been “overwhelmed” by the support he has received since Wednesday’s night’s explosion.

Mr Bradley said the bomb attack would not deter the City of Culture team from delivering on the opportunities presented by the accolade.

“We have been overwhelmed by the level of support we have received from all quarters following the incident at our office. Community organisations, businesses and stakeholders from across our city and beyond have let us know that they are fully behind City of Culture, and we would like to thank the hundreds of organisations and individuals who made contact to offer their support,” he said.

He also offered to meet with those opposed to the UK City of Culture label. “City of Culture is a project that stands to benefit everyone in this city and we are more than happy to talk to anybody who feels they have issues with our project. As we move towards one of the most exciting times in our city’s recent history we are determined to continue with our plans to create a joyful and wholly inclusive celebration of our city’s cultural identity,” he said.

Meanwhile City Centre manager, Jim Roddy, said the bomb attack could hamper efforts to attract inward investment. “They serve only to blacken the name of the city, as details of this attack go around the world it dents hopes of bringing jobs, tourists and investment.

“The attack occurred at a time when everyone else is working together to create employment and move the city forward. Attacks like this only dent hopes of the young.

“At some stage these people will realise that they are offering the city nothing,” he said.