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Friday 18 April 2014

Fireworks mark beginning for 'City of Culture'

Derry launched its year as the UK's first City of Culture with a spectacular fireworks display and the promise of a rollercoaster 12 months ahead.

It had to fend off stiff competition for the inaugural title from Sheffield, Birmingham and Norwich.

Sharon O'Connor, Derry City Council chief executive, said: "It is just going to be a rollercoaster ride of cultural delights."

It kicked off at 20.13 last night with a pyrotechnics event on the River Foyle, which runs through the centre of the city and for many years marked a boundary between nationalists and unionists.

An opening concert will be a celebration of the cultural talent that has come out of the city, featuring the Undertones punk band, traditional music's Phil Coulter, and 1970 Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana.

Irish Independent

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