Owen Paterson MP Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has reaffirmed his continued support for the Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture bid during a visit to Ilex Urban Regeneration Company in the City.
The Secretary of State congratulated everyone in the bid team saying:
I am delighted to be here in the City today and reaffirm my full support for the UK City of Culture 2013 bid. In a City that boasts everything from the Undertones to Seamus Heaney, The Field Day Theatre Company, Dana, Phil Coulter and many others, a place that is home to talent, creativity, energy and strength the bid deserves every success. While some call it Londonderry and others Derry I’m sure what we want to learn is that this hugely impressive bid is successful next Thursday.