The city is mourning the death of a real Derry legend today with the sad passing of Noel McBride.
The well known comedian was one of Derry’s most popular characters and was renowned for his superb stories and wit.
His friend SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan said he was deeply saddened by the news.
“Noel was one of Derry’s warmest and most popular characters,” he said.
“His love for the city and the whole North West was apparent not just in the content of his stage act but in every conversation he would have.
“Noel was also hugely generous giving so much of his time and talent to so many charities.
“His relentless sense of humour was matched by a selfless sense of honour.
“I was speaking to Noel recently when we were all together in Guildhall Square to sing Danny Boy on Music City day. He was brimming with merry mischief and Derry pride as ever. It was great to see him and his wife and family being such a lively part of that great occasion.
“Noel McBride was a friend to all and will be deeply missed not just in Derry but across the region where he performed and served with such mirth and worth.
“I offer my sincere condolences to Noel’s family and friends at this very sad time.”