Re-enactment of Operation Motorman

Group pictured at the reenactment ofr an IRA checkpoint in Free Derry prior to Operation Motorman. (0108SL03)

Group pictured at the reenactment ofr an IRA checkpoint in Free Derry prior to Operation Motorman. (0108SL03)

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A number of events took place in the Creggan area of the city last night to mark the 40th anniversary of Operation Motorman.

One of the events included a historical re-enactment of the huge military operation, complete with performers dressed up as British soldiers and IRA members.

The banging of the bin lids at the re-enactment of Operation Motorman. (0108SL04)

The banging of the bin lids at the re-enactment of Operation Motorman. (0108SL04)

The re-enactment at Creggan Heights was led by well known Derry republican, Gerry McCartney, who gave a talk on the historical context of the era. To illustrate his comments on the Free Derry period, a vintage Ford Cortina, containing four masked IRA members carrying replica weapons appeared on the scene and the performers staged a mock checkpoint.

The re-enactment continued with a group of performers dressed up as British soldiers carrying guns, riot shields and batons appeared on the street while a group of local children banged bin lids.

A crowd of several hundred people attended the event, including Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

The commemorations also involved the unveiling of a plaque in memory of IRA volunteer Seamus Bradley, who was killed during Operation Motorman, and a talk on the investigation into the death of Daniel Hegarty, who was also shot dead by British soldiers on the same day.

Group pictured at the reenactment Operation Motorman. (0108SL02)

Group pictured at the reenactment Operation Motorman. (0108SL02)