Saville anniversary events

The Bloody Sunday Trust have revealed details of the events which will take place to celebrate the first anniversary of the publication of the Saville report on June 15th.

To mark the occasion, the Bloody Sunday Trust and the Bloody Sunday Weekend Committee have organised an open air concert, an essay competition, and a video diary project to record people’s memories of the day.

Everyone who supported the Bloody Sunday families in their 39 year campaign for justice for their loved ones will have an opportunity to take part in the digital video diary project which will take place in Pilot’s Row Community Centre on June 15th.

Discussing the project, Adrian Kerr, manager of the Museum of Free Derry, said; “The events of June 15th 2010 were historic. It is important that this history is recorded and preserved and that is what the Museum of Free Derry is all about.

“We are encouraging people to share their thoughts, memories, and feeling concerning 15th June last year with us and future generations.

If anyone would like to do this I would ask them to contact John Kelly at the Museum of Free Derry on 028 71360880 to arrange a time on Wednesday June 15th.

“Video recording will take place in Pilot’s Row from 9am to 9pm on Wednesday June 15th. Time will be limited so we would appreciate it if people called ahead and booked a time, though there may be spaces available for anyone who just wants to turn up on the day. Participants will be asked one simple question; ‘What are your memories, thoughts, and feelings concerning June 15th 2010?’”

An essay completion for year 10 and 11 pupils from local schools has alone been organised in conjunction with the Pat Finucane Centre. The completion will be on the theme of ‘What did the events of June 15 mean to you?’ Prizes include £250 and a plaque for the winning school and individual prizes of £100, £75, and £50 gift certificates for the top three essays.

A selection of the essays will be published in a booklet which will be launched during the Gasyard Feile. All competition entries must be returned by June 15th.

An open air concert will also be held in Glenfada Park - the scene where British paratroopers murdered a number of those killed on Bloody Sunday - featuring Damien Dempsey, Ramon Ferguson, and Gary Og. The event will be alcohol-free and will be held between 4pm and 8pm and will be stewarded by members of the Bloody Sunday Trust. For more information on any of the events contact the Museum of Free Derry on 71380660.