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Boyle: Fitting Tribute to Martin McCrossan

SDLP Councillor John Boyle, has said, he believes it is "truly appropriate" that the Council Planning Committee supported an application for the siting of a commemorative plinth and plaque to remember the late tour guide and charity campaigner Martin McCrossan.

Councillor Boyle said, "I think it is truly appropriate and fitting that the City & District Council have been supportive of the idea to locate a commemorative plinth and plaque in honour of Martin McCrossan. I had suggested the idea shortly after Martins untimely death in 2015 and I now believe that the final hurdle has been overcome in seeing the tribute come to fruition. I am hopeful that Council officials will expedite the matter by early 2018 and that the plinth will be in place by then."

Councillor Boyle said, "Martin McCrossan was exemplary in his commitment to Derry and he was a true visionary who recognised the very real tourism potential of our city, even as we were only just emerging from the darkest days of the troubles. Coupled with his commitment to charitable causes I cannot think of a more appropriate tribute. Martin had a ready smile and a warm welcome for everyone he met and his walking tours are the stuff of legend. It is particularly poignant that the commemorative plinth will be located at the precise location where Martins tours began and from where, to this day, they still set off. At the top of Bridge Street directly outside the Foyleside Shopping Centre, Martins memory and the legacy of his life's work will be remembered in perpetuity."

Cllr John Boyle

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