Guildhall to have Bloody Sunday memorial window

Lord Saville chaired the Bloody Sunday  Inquiry in Derry's Guildhall.
Lord Saville chaired the Bloody Sunday Inquiry in Derry's Guildhall.

Artists interested in designing the Guildhall’s new stained glass window commemorating Bloody Sunday have been invited to submit tenders to Derry City Council before September 6.

The successful bidder would be expected to work alongside the families of those killed and injured to design and create the new memorial, a process that would be facilitated by the Bloody Sunday Trust.

“The Artist is not expected to be a stained glass window manufacturer or to manufacture a stained glass window,” Derry City Council say.

“The Artist will be expected to consult and work with a specialist stained glass window manufacturer in the realisation of the completed project.”

Derry’s historic Guildhall has many ties with the Bloody Sunday massacre. The building was the intended destination of the ill-fated civil rights march back in January 1972. It was later the location of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, chaired by Lord Saville of Newdigate, and where the findings of Lord Saville’s eventual report into the killings were made public.

Almost 10,000 people gathered outside the landmark building in June 2010 in support of the Derry families and survivors who had been granted a pre-read of the report. An apology by British Prime Minister was also beamed live into Guildhall Square following its publication.

Lord Saville ruled that the British Army fired first and without provocation, with PM David Cameron describing the Bogside murders as “unjustified and unjustifiable” before the world’s press.