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Stars line up to mark Bloody Sunday 50th anniversary commemoration

Line of Duty star, Adrian Dunbar will join events to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
Seamus McKinney

ADRIAN Dunbar, Bronagh Gallagher, The Undertones and Phil Coulter are part of a stellar line-up who will take part in events to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday next January.

A programme for the milestone anniversary will be officially unveiled this Friday.

However, the Bloody Sunday Trust has confirmed that events will culminate on the actual anniversary with “Beyond the Silence” a performance of music, words and light at Guildhall Square featuring Derry songwriter, Coulter and Line of Duty star, Dunbar, among others.

This will be followed by a concert at Derry's Millennium Forum headlined by The Undertones and Dublin singer Damien Dempsey.

Organisers said the events, which will also include a light show at Guildhall Square, would be a “fitting tribute” to the Bloody Sunday victims and “all those who lost their lives in the conflict in Ireland”.

Bloody Sunday Trust chairman Tony Doherty said that the campaign for justice by families of the dead and injured meant that Derry could take its place proudly among the cities of the world which have struggled for justice.

Jean Hegarty, whose brother Kevin McElhinney (17) was one of the victims, said families had spent many years without dealing with their loss, but added: “We will look back with sadness but we can look forward with hope."

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