VIDEO - Derry to become a ‘City of Bones’ for Hallowe’en

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There was a spine chilling atmosphere on the steps of Derry’s Guildhall on Tuesday evening.

Half a dozen skeletons lined the entrance to Derry’s most famous landmark and to launch this year’s Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival, Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson emerged from the Guildhall with two skeletons dressed as a bride and a groom.

HALLOWE'EN LAUNCH. . . .The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson pictured launching the 'City of Bones' Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival at the Guildhall on Tuesday. Included in photo are Bride and Groom, Sha Gillespie and Brenda Graham, along with Jim Collins Carnival Initiative and Sharon Meenan, Festival Events Co-Ordinator, Derry City Council. DER4214MC004

HALLOWE'EN LAUNCH. . . .The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson pictured launching the 'City of Bones' Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival at the Guildhall on Tuesday. Included in photo are Bride and Groom, Sha Gillespie and Brenda Graham, along with Jim Collins Carnival Initiative and Sharon Meenan, Festival Events Co-Ordinator, Derry City Council. DER4214MC004

“Hallowe’en is Derry’s annual highlight event and there’s definitely no better time to visit the city. The festival atmosphere is incredible and there are activities for all age groups, making it the ultimate family friendly destination.

“As the Festival takes place on Friday this year, the fun spills over right into the weekend, making it ideal for anyone planning a mid-term family break. So why not join us in the City of Bones for a fright night celebration to remember?”

When asked by The Derry Journal if she had any plans to pull on a costume for Hallowe’en, Mayor Stevenson remain tight lipped.

“I think I am scary enough as it is,” she joked.

“But you never know, I might just surprise everyone.

“We have had so many celebrations in Derry over the last while that you would think we would be used to fireworks displays but I always look forward to the fireworks every Hallowe’en in Derry and this years will be even bigger and better.”

This year’s festival starts on Saturday October 25 and will run until Sunday November 2.

To find out more about the City of Bones and the Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Festival pick up a programme or go to www.derrycity.gov.uk/halloween