BLOODY SUNDAY - 43rd anniversary in photos

Hundreds of people attended the 43rd Bloody Sunday commemoration in Derry on Sunday.

The event began with a memorial service at the Bloody Sunday Monument in the Bogside.

Relatives of the Bloody Sunday victims carrying crosses through Creggan at the start of Sunday's march. DER0415MC130

Relatives of the Bloody Sunday victims carrying crosses through Creggan at the start of Sunday's march. DER0415MC130

Prayers were led by the Bishop of Derry, Donal McKeown and Rev. David Latimer from First Derry Presbyterian Church spoke at the event.

Bishop McKeown recounted how he heard of what happened in Derry on Sunday January 30, 1972.

Bishop McKeown was studying at Queen’s University in Belfast at the time and both he and some friends travelled to Derry to attend the funerals of those killed by British soldiers that day.

“Gathering this morning for a Prayer Service to mark the 43rd Anniversary of an unforgettable day in 1972, when 14 men were abruptly and forever removed from their families and friends, I willingly join with you to remember your loss and your pain, which continues to this moment,” said Rev. David Latimer.

The 43rd commemoration later made its way from Central Drive down the usual route of Southway, along the Lecky Road, up Westland Street before finishing off with speeches in the Guildhall Square.

Liam Wray, whose brother Jim was one of the 14 victims murdered on Bloody Sunday said the campaign to bring the British soldiers responsible for the massacre to justice would continue.

“Four years after the publication of the Saville Report the PSNI started what they called a criminal investigation, not a murder investigation. Two years later, because of a reported lack of funding, that investigation was paused but now the PSNI say it’s set to continue.

“We have to keep pressurising the police because we, the families, do not believe they are doing their job willingly. They are very reluctant but we will keep them up to the task.”