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Council to erect memorial to "Mr Derry" Martin McCrossan

Martin McCrossan was a key driver in Derry's tourism industry. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus McKinney

A MEMORIAL plaque and plinth is to be erected in honour of a man dubbed "Mr Derry" because of the tour guide business he established in the city.

Martin McCrossan (53), who died unexpectedly in 2015, operated the successful Derry City Tours business for more than 20 years.

A driving force in tourism development in Derry, Mr McCrossan was involved in a number of initiatives established to develop the city's economy.

Members of Derry City and Strabane District Council this week approved planning permission to erect a memorial plaque and a plinth in Mr McCrossan's memory.

The new structure will be placed at the main entrance to the city's Foyleside shopping centre which was a key meeting place for Mr McCrossan's tours.

Chairman of the council's planning committee, Sinn Féin's Dan Kelly said the structure would be a fitting memorial to a man who did so much to promote Derry and the north west.

The wording on the memorial plaque will be: “Martin McCrossan Tourism Hero 1962-2015.

“A true champion and ambassador for the city. The driving force behind the tourism industry who left a lasting positive impression on everyone who met him.”

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