Derry readies for 2013 New Year’s Eve Countdown

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography  11th December 2012. ''Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography
�/Lorcan Doherty Photography 11th December 2012. ''Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

Derry will countdown to its year as City of Culture with a special family celebration on New Year’s Eve.

The celebratory event is specifically designed for families and will take place along the Riverfront at Queen’s Quay.

Commencing from 19:50 – 20:30 (7.50pm-8.30pm) the celebration will include the city’s largest fireworks and pyrotechnic show at 20:13 (8.13pm) to welcome in 2013.

“This New Year’s Eve event promises to be a great opportunity for families to come along to the riverfront and celebrate the start of 2013 and be part of the huge opportunities that it presents. It will mark the start of a fantastic year for our city as we tell our new story to the world and prepare to host an exciting range of cultural events throughout the year,” Mayor Kevin Campbell said.

Culture Company 2013 chairman Martin Bradley said: “This will be a special way to mark the start of what will be the most momentous year in the history of our city. The City of Culture year is now almost upon us and this is a wonderful way for the people of Derry~Londonderry to come out and usher it in.”

Ilex’s Interim Chief Executive Mel Higgins said: “There is a sense of excitement and ambition in the city as we prepare to enter 2013. A lot of work has been completed and will continue to be done to enhance our cultural infrastructure to ensure that a legacy is left for future generations. I would like to encourage everyone to participate at this time of positive change.”

Queen’s Quay and Ebrington Square zones will be open to the public from 19:00 hrs (7pm). Derry born record producer, arranger and musician Frank Gallagher has overseen the musical arrangement for the performance whilst international company Walk the Plank are providing the creative fireworks and riverfront show.

Further details in relation to best viewing arrangements, traffic and travel and parking is available by visiting and for more information about events in the city over Christmas and the New Year visit