Secretary of State, Owen Paterson, has congratulated Londonderry on being named as the first UK City of Culture.
Mr Paterson said:
When I was in the City last week I was hugely impressed by the quality of the bid to become the UK’s first City of Culture.
Those behind the bid have done a magnificent job and I congratulate them on this success.
For those who call this great place Londonderry and for those who call it Derry, they can be as one in their pride in this huge achievement”.