Book of condolence to open for Martin McCrossan

Mayor Brenda Stevenson (on left) with the late Martin McCrossan.
Mayor Brenda Stevenson (on left) with the late Martin McCrossan.

Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson is to open a book of condolence in memory of local tourism ambassador Martin McCrossan who passed away today.

The Book of Condolence will open at the Guildhall this evening (5 p.m.) and members of the public wishing to sign it can do so over the weekend and next week.

Mayor Stevenson said news of Mr McCrossan’s sudden death had caused widespread shock across the city.

The Mayor said: “Martin McCrossan was a fantastic person and a superb ambassador for Derry and the entire North West region. His sudden death is a total shock to all of us who knew and loved him. “A well known businessman and tour guide, he was a real character who left a lasting positive impression on everyone who met him.” Mr McCrossan, she said, worked tirelessly to promote the local tourism industry and to showcase all that is good about Derry.

“An extremely proud Derry man, he will be greatly missed and my sincere condolences go out to his wife Sharon and his extended family at this extremely sad time,” she added.

“I have been speaking with representatives from the business community who felt it was imperative that Martin’s passing would be acknowledged so we felt that by opening a Book of Condolence in the Guildhall it would allow the public to come along to show their support of the McCrossan family at this difficult time.”