Derry has lost a ‘special son’ in Gerry Anderson

Mark Durkan.
Mark Durkan.

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has paid a heartfelt tribute to the late BBC broadcaster, Gerry Anderson and said Derry “has lost a very special son.”

Expressing shock at the death of one of the north’s best known broadcasters, Mr Durkan said he was “very sad at the loss of such a character who became a friend in everyone’s ear”.

“Gerry Anderson earned a special standing with his wit, warmth, his way with words and his off-the-cuff, on-the-button observations,” said Mr Durkan.

“He was appreciated and respected in a way he never cultivated. He had a natural style but never styled himself for the status or the eminence he achieved, or the special connection that everyone felt with him.

“Derry has lost a very special son, an unceremonious ambassador, and broadcasting has lost a limited edition

of one.”