Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 explodes into life

LONDONDERRY UK City of Culture in 2013 exploded into life on New Year’s Eve with a spectacular fireworks and pyrotechnics display at exactly 20:13.

Thousands of well wishers joined the celebrations along the River Foyle among them Mayor, Kevin Campbell.

Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 exploded into life on New Year's Eve.

Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 exploded into life on New Year's Eve.

He said: “The city celebrations marked a perfect moment to mark the arrival of 2013 and to look forward to what will be a fantastic cultural year for the city and region. “It’s our time to tell a new story and to showcase the best of local and international talent while marking the beginning of new opportunities for the city. It is with great pride that I extend best wishes to everyone for 2013 and wish you all a very peaceful and prosperous year in 2013”.

Martin Bradley, Chairperson of Culture Company said: “The way that Derry-Londonderry has come together as a team to ensure that the full potential of 2013 is realised has been truly remarkable and will ensure the maximum possible benefits for all the people of the city.

“As the first winners of this prestigious title, we have been pioneers, working without a blue print and setting benchmarks for future UK Cities of Culture.

“From the setting up of a new company, raising the budget, consulting with a city, to the announcement of this programme, the journey to 2013 has undoubtedly been challenging, but rewarding and exhilarating.

“Our team have put together a schedule of cultural excellence that will shine a spotlight on our city and display our cultural vibrancy to the world throughout 2013 and beyond.”