Derry’s Mayor takes part in President’s state visit to UK

Mayor Martin Reilly.
Mayor Martin Reilly.

Derry’s Mayor, Martin Reilly will travel to London tomorrow to take part in the official state visit of Irish President Michael D Higgins.

Speaking in advance of his London trip, Councillor Reilly welcomed the historic event and said he was looking forward to being in England for the celebrations.

He said: “This visit is hugely important in many ways, in particular for the many Irish diaspora that are living all across Britain as well as politically and economically in strengthening our trade and tourism links with our nearest neighbour. Our city has unique links with London and I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity to promote Derry when attending the City of London dinner in London’s Guildhall on Wednesday night, As a guest of Mark Durkan MP, I will be a guest at Westminster on Thursday where I will promote Music City and attend a concert in the Royal Albert Hall celebrating the best of Irish music and culture.

“This unique visit will afford me the opportunity to inform MPs and key influencers in London of the success of 2013 City of Culture and to outline what we’ve planned for 2014 and beyond, as well as forge important business, trade and tourism links,” he added.