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Mayor to Attend NI Showcase Event in London to Promote NW Innovation

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Graham Warke is in London this week to attend NI Business Innovation Showcase event that is hosted by the Northern Ireland Office, DIT and Invest NI.

The visit also provides the opportunity for the Mayor to continue to build on the City and District’s connections with City of London where he will meet with the Rt Honourable the Lord Mayor City of London, Alderman William Russell and representatives of the City of London Corporation.  The Mayor will also attend a reception hosted by the City of London Corporation ahead of the showcase event. 

Speaking ahead of the visit Mayor Warke said he was delighted to be in a position to travel to London for this high profile event to support the businesses from the North West that are taking part and to build on the existing strong relationship that exists between the City of London and the Council area.

He said: “I am delighted that the North West will feature very strongly in this event that showcase the best of innovative businesses, start-ups and universities across Northern Ireland. It is great to see representation from UU, Seagate, Allstate NI, FinTrU, Elemental and the Joule Group all taking part and promoting what we have to offer in terms of opportunities, skills, experience and expertise.

“We will be reinforcing a strong message that the North West city region is very much open for business with a strong offering of skills and talent, complemented by good connectivity and a great location for work life balance. The visit will also be a great opportunity for us to share our experiences of COVID and our planned recovery as well as outline our ambitious City Deal project plans.

The Mayor added that a key element of the visit is to build on the existing strong relationship that exists between the NW City region and the City of London.

“The Showcase event is an opportunity to build on the existing partnership between our two cities and regions and look at ways of exploring that partnership role further and to look at ways of how innovation can impact on our business growth. I am delighted that the Mayor of the City of London will be hosting us and that we also get a chance to engage with Catherine McGuinness, who has been such a strong advocate of her our city and region.”

The NI Business Innovation Showcase will be attended by the Rt Hon Brandon Lewis CBE MP and UKG Minister Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with presentations from various organisations across NI including the NW.

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Don’t Miss a Thing with New Derry Halloween App

With the countdown officially on ahead of another spooky and spectacular Halloween, the public are being encouraged to download the free Derry Halloween app to keep up to date on all the ghostly activities.

Derry City and Strabane District Council have been working closely with partner agencies to put together an exciting programme that will span across Derry, Strabane and Donegal.

Whether you want to find out more on the Spirit Worlds, the fireworks shows, the Strabane Hay Trail, Little Horrors, or anything else taking place – the Derry Halloween section of the Whats On Derry Strabane app is a one-stop-stop for everything you need to know.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, encouraged everyone to download the app to make sure you don’t miss out on the haunted happenings.

“I’m delighted that we have the Derry Halloween app this year which will be a fantastic tool for everyone planning to be part of the Halloween activities.

“The app will be the perfect place to stay updated on everything that will be taking place across the city, district, and Donegal.

“Everything has been planned with public health and safety in mind so please follow the advice and ensure you spread your visits out across the whole Halloween weekend, wrap up warm and keep your distance from others.

He continued: “I know I am really looking forward to this year’s programme and to having Halloween back in our city and district, so get the Derry Halloween app downloaded and start your planning now!”

Derry Halloween is organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from Tourism Northern Ireland, the Executive Office, Translink, Donegal County Council and the North West Development Fund.

To download the app, visit your Google Play or i0S app store and search for ‘What’s On Derry Strabane’

You can find out more about the full programme on derryhalloween.com

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The Lost World to Take Over Strabane this Halloween

There will be lots of strange and spooky sights in Strabane town centre on Halloween weekend as The Lost World takes over.

On Friday 29th and Saturday 30th October from 1pm to 5pm you better keep your eyes peeled as you may discover some strange unwanted characters lurking that have got lost on their way to the Awakening in Derry and have come through the wrong portal, landing in Strabane. There will be an interactive animation trail, starting at the Alley Theatre, and if you​ follow along you may meet some interesting individuals along the way.

Look out for the ‘Wayward Witch’ who can tell you all about the characters lost in Strabane and how to gather them up before it’s too late.

There are six characters to find including ‘The White Lady of the Bann’ who has a special riddle to solve before she casts her spell on the town.

See if you can spot the fastest ghost ever – ‘The Tullymoan Ghost’ – and help him evade the grasp of his arch enemy ‘The Soul Catcher’.

Outside McColgan’s you might see Mrs Lovett trying to sell her famous pies, made from people! Shifty barber Sweeney Todd is helping her look for her next victim, but if you can solve the riddle hidden in their song/monologue, then they will soon be sent back to the Awakening in Derry.

And don’t forget to keep an eye out for Half Hung Mc Naughton outside Harley’s. Listen to his story and don’t forget to catch his riddle at the end.

Along the way you’ll also spot some amazing dinosaurs including ‘Gorm’ the 25-foot-long Triceratops, ‘Jay’ the 15-year-old T-Rex, ‘Echo’ – the youngest of the Velociraptors, ‘Baby Blue’ who is the eldest of the ‘Raptors and daughter of a very famous movie star named Blue, ‘Sastá’ the gentle and caring herbivore, and the feisty ‘Baby Roxy’ – stay away as he does bite! There will also be a special dino mobile museum packed with real skulls, teeth, claws and much more. 

If that wasn’t enough, make sure you’re in Abercorn Square on Saturday 30th October at 1.30pm to catch the frighteningly fantastic SPARK LED Drummers. Back by popular demand, this is street theatre at its finest with a magical live music movement and spectacular lighting performance.

There will also be live music, a food quarter, arts and crafts, and street performers and live shows, so don’t miss out!

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, encouraged everyone to pay a visit on Halloween weekend.

“It will be spooky Strabane next weekend as the town centre is overtaken by The Lost World. You just don’t know what ghastly and ghoulish sights you might see!

“It’s also fantastic to have SPARK back. It’s a very special show and certainly one that’s not to be missed.

“With the dinosaurs also making their way through the town, there’s guaranteed to be a fantastic Halloween atmosphere, so I’d really encourage all families to get themselves into Strabane to enjoy the vast Halloween activities that we have planned.”

You can find out more about the full programme on derryhalloween.com

Derry Halloween is organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council with support from Tourism Northern Ireland, the Executive Office, Translink, Donegal County Council and the North West Development Fund.

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