From the archive: Capt. O’Neill praises Derry spirit of self-help during visit to Milanda bakery - February 1968

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Capt. O’Neill praises Derry’s spirit

The Stormont Premier, Captain Terence O’Neill, and the Mayor of Derry, A.W. Anderson, both expressed confidence in the industrial future of the city when they spoke at a luncheon in the City Hotel following the opening ceremony at the new £600,000 Milanda bakery premises at Northland Road, Derry.

Capt. O’Neill told the guests that Derry has had to take some hard industrial knocks, but everybody - the central government, local government and the entire community wanted to see that trend reversed and Derry take its proper place as an expanding centre of economic and industrial growth.

Flats tenants TV aerial protest

Residents of the multi-storey flats in Rossville Street who, because of a Post Office ruling, are debarred from receiving Teilifís Éireann programmes, have brought the matter to the attention of the British Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Wilson.

They want his support in their campaign for the removal of a clause from the Post Office licence issued in respect of communal aerials, which expressly forbids the adaptation of such aerials for the reception of ‘foreign’ stations.

Mr. Andrew Sheerin, one of the organisers, has sent a letter to Mr. Wilson setting out their case and enclosing newspaper reports of their campaign.

Need for mortification stressed

A striking tribute to the young people of today was paid by the Most Rev. Dr. Farren, Bishop of Derry, in his pastoral letter read in all the churches of the Derry Diocese on Sunday.

“In spite of unemployment and all the evils presented daily to them, the young people of ours are very good and deserve your co-operation in helping them to preserve the highest standards in purity, truth, justice and charity,” his Lordship said. Dr. Farren stressed that the great relaxation in the observation of Lent does not imply that self-denial and penance have become of less importance. It is still a period of mortification, prayer and self-examination.