Video diary marks Saville anniversary

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Kevin Campbell who was one of the first to speak to camera at the launch of the Bloody Sunday Day of Vindication Archive Project in Pilots Row pictured with Colm Barton and Sue Divin, Derry City Council Community Relations Officer. Picture Martin McKeown. Inprersspics.com. 15.6.11
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Kevin Campbell who was one of the first to speak to camera at the launch of the Bloody Sunday Day of Vindication Archive Project in Pilots Row pictured with Colm Barton and Sue Divin, Derry City Council Community Relations Officer. Picture Martin McKeown. Inprersspics.com. 15.6.11
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More than 90 people took part in a video diary project to mark the first anniversary of the publication of the Saville report into Bloody Sunday.

The recording took place in the Pilot’s Row Community Centre on Wednesday from 9am to 9pm and relatives of those murdered, the wounded, and their supporters and campaigners all took part. Local politicians, clergymen, and reporters also gave their memories of the day last year when the report was published.

Among those who shared their memories was the deputy mayor of Derry, councillor Kevin Campbell. “Its important that this significant day for our city is recorded and preserved for future generations to experience and understand. The video archive provides the public with a forum to express their views and emotions of what was an historic and memorable day in our city’s troubled history. The verdict has had a profound effect on the people of the city and a dark cloud which literally hung over the city has been lifted,” he said.

The deputy mayor also said; “We have seen a number of extremely important things happen since June 15 where the communities have come together and the journey of healing and reconciliation has continued.

“The visit last year by the Protestant clergymen to Pilots Row in particular was very significant in helping to create a better understanding of the event and the struggle for justice and encouraging working together towards reconciliation and good relations.”

The project was jointly funded by Derry City Council and the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister.