‘We Were Brothers’ tops Lottery poll

Felicity McCaul, second from left, writer, and Bernie Mahon, director, pictured with cast members, James Leckey, left, who played Major William Redmond, and Gerry Dorrity (Captain Stephen Gwynne) in "We Were Brothers" which was previewed in the Waterside Theatre on Friday night. LS24-205KM
Felicity McCaul, second from left, writer, and Bernie Mahon, director, pictured with cast members, James Leckey, left, who played Major William Redmond, and Gerry Dorrity (Captain Stephen Gwynne) in "We Were Brothers" which was previewed in the Waterside Theatre on Friday night. LS24-205KM

‘We Were Brothers’ - a cross community Shared History project masterminded by local author and journalist Felicity McCall has made it through the first stage of voting in this year’s People’s Lottery competition.

The project, which include a DVD, a book, an interactive website and a youth project, remembers the heritage of Nationalist and Unionist soldiers fighting side by side for the British Army during WW1.

Handful Productions, the group behind the successful project, is delighted that the youth version of the project continues to tour Ireland, the UK and beyond.

It provides constructive debate on issues, from reconciliation and identity to flags and the ethics of international warfare

It was nominated in the Best Heritage Project Category and battled against nine other projects to win a place in the top three.

The project will now run on to the next stage of the competition which will take place in September when voting lines will open again and all votes will be reset to zero.

The winning project in each of the categories will receive national recognition at a star-studded event later this year, broadcast on BBC One, as well as a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project.

Speaking to the ‘Journal’ after the results were revealed Felicity McCall said she was “thrilled” to have made it through the first round of voting against stiff competition from other projects.

“I really want to thank everyone who got behind the project in this round of voting. Everyone was brilliant. We had great interest from the local media and from the community who went out of their way to push the project and keep up the momentum throughout the public vote.

“All eyes are now on September when it all started again. We are looking forward to seeing how far we can go with this and we hope people will get behind us again when voting reopens.”