The daughter of much loved tour guide Martin McCrossan has revealed she’s now becoming a tour guide to carry on her father’s legacy.
Three weeks ago Charlene McCrossan and her sister Christina remembered their father in a special way by donning yellow jackets and walking Derry’s Walls. It was Christine’s wedding day.
And now her sister Charlene says it’s time to keep flying the flag for Mr Derry by stepping into his role and yellow jacket.
It’s been three months since the city was left stunned by the shock death of Martin McCrossan, known affectionately as Mr Derry.
“We all really missed Dad at Christina’s wedding,” said Charlene. “It was very difficult for us because everything is still so raw. I made a speech at the wedding in place of Dad and we knew he was there with us, in spirit.”
“I decided to become a tour guide because after watching him work so hard over the past 20 years to build up a great business I didn’t want it all to go to waste. It’s a small family business and I knew it would be so important that the name McCrossan was in there.”
Charlene said she and her family were still coming to terms with the loss of Martin, but added that the compassion showed by the many people in Derry who felt Martin’s loss with them has helped them through their grief.
“That so many people called him Mr. Derry showed how highly he was thought of,” said Charlene.
“We were laughing at how he would have loved that title and he’d have had it on the website within 24 hours.”
Charlene said she loved working with Martin when she was younger and was a student and would help her Dad sell tickets for tours.
And she praised the other tour guides who worked with her father.
“They are great guides and they have been so good to us,” she said. “They have given me great training and I don’t think I’ve asked them one question which they were unable to answer.
“But I did my first tour six weeks ago and I loved it. Maybe I’m a natural and it’s in the genes.
“The apple obviously doesn’t fall too far from the tree.”
Charlene says she’s looking forward to the future and a good year despite the weather. “Dad always said there’s no such thing a bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. His slogan was always rain, sleet, or snow our tour will still go.
“And that is going to be the way it stays.”