Derry’s top police officer, chief Inspector Jon Burrows, said he hopes to see large number of people enjoying the Pan Celtic Festival.
CI Burrows said the police would approach the festival, which begins of Tuesday and runs until Saturday and is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the city in the same spirit as last years successful Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
“For Derry to get another high profile cultural event shows how highly regarded the city is, and the confidence that people have in it. I am sure the people of the city will make visitors welcome
“Our policing style will be a low-key one. I envisage that we will be there to assist with the parade and traffic arrangements. Our neighbourhood officers will be to the fore,” he said.
The PSNI chief also asked for motorists to be aware of the incresed numbers of pedestrians the festival will bring.
“We hope to see a large number of people enjoying themselves at the event and our request to them is to take their lead from the organisers and the stewards.
“From a public safety point of view we are asking motorists to be aware of larger than usual pedestrians numbers and for those pedestrians to take care when they are out and about.
“We are also asking groups going to the events to make plans for how they will get home and for them to stay together safely at all time,” he said.