Clinton visit: It was very different to 1995, and so it should be
The kids who arrived were all born in the years since the bombs and guns fell silent. Young mothers pushing buggies who were children themselves when the 42nd president of the United States first visited their city in 1995 streamed in, and then there was an older generation for whom the Troubles still seems like only yesterday.
It was a dull, damp day, with a biting wind skating across the River Foyle and around the nooks of Guildhall Square. But the crowds came regardless.
The visit by Bill and Hillary Clinton to Derry almost 20 years ago had conjured up a bit of magic in a place which has seen more hard rain than stardust fall on its streets. It was a chilly Thursday afternoon in November 1995 when America's First Couple arrived in a cavalcade of black limousines to a tumult of American flags and a rapturous reception from 25,000 people crammed into in the square