Tribute books given to McCrossan family

Books of Condolence in memory of the late Martin McCrossan have been presented to his family.

The popular tourist guide passed away in February after a short illness.

Following his death, the books were opened at the Guildhall by Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson who presented them to his wife Sharon and family at a special presentation.

The books include thousands of messages from people far and wide.

Mayor Stevenson also made a donation from her Comfort Fund to Mr McCrossan’s two chosen charities, Foyle Search and Rescue and the Foyle Hospice.

She said: “I am delighted to be able to make this gesture on behalf of the city and I know the books will be treasured by Sharon and the rest of Martin’s family.”

She added: “I would like to thank Martin’s family for their relentless support of his work over the years which has had a major impact on the city’s profile.”

“I am also delighted to be able to make this presentation to Martin’s two chosen charities, Foyle Search and Rescue and the Foyle Hospice - as a small gesture on behalf of Derry City Council and the citizens of this city - whom he championed throughout his life.”

Mr McCrossan ran the highly popular City Tours which he established in the mid-1990s.

The firm dedicated itself to telling the story of Derry to tourists and, in the process, won several industry awards.

Among the tributes to Mr. McCrossan are words from Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Foyle MP Mark Durkan.

It has also been agreed by members of Derry City Council that a plaque honouring Mr McCrossan and his work will now be placed at a central location in the city.