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Public paying tribute to ‘unique’ Gerry Anderson

Mayor Brenda Stevenson signs a Book of Condolence in memory of  broadcaster Gerry Anderson in the Guildhall.

Mayor Brenda Stevenson signs a Book of Condolence in memory of broadcaster Gerry Anderson in the Guildhall.

A Book of Condolence in memory of Derry-born broadcaster Gerry Anderson, who passed away last week, remains open at the city’s Guildhall.

The book was officially opened at the Guildhall on Friday last by Mayor Brenda Stevenson.

Mr. Anderson (69) - an award-winning radio and television presenter with the BBC - died on Thursday last after a long illness.

Mayor Stevenson said: “It is only fitting that a Book of Condolence should be opened in Gerry’s memory as he was undoubtedly one of the best loved sons of this city.

“Gerry Anderson made people from across the region and beyond laugh every day he was on air and he will long be remembered for his warmth and wit. He leaves a legacy of laughter in his wake.

“I know that the people of Derry will want to express their deepest sympathies with Gerry’s wife Christine and his family, as we all share some of their sadness at the loss of such an exceptional man.”

Members of the public are encouraged to call in to the Guildhall and take the opportunity to express their sympathy. The Book of Condolence will be open from 9am to 5pm.

Meanwhile, tributes to Mr. Anderson continue to flood in.

Fellow broadcaster Gloria Hunniford said Gerry Anderson was “unique”.

First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said Mr Anderson was a “hugely talented broadcaster with an irrepressible personality.”

See pages 8 and 9 for coverage of Gerry Anderson’s funeral which took place on Sunday.

 

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