Published Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan made a rallying call for hundreds of volunteers for the event which will take place this Sunday in the maiden city and will be filmed from the air.
"Derry's Walls are hugely significant not just in the history of the city but in the history of the Island," Minister Durkan said.
"Until recently the walls were seen as divisive. The City of Culture year, and last week, the all-Ireland Fleadh have helped to further transform the walls to a symbol of hope, pride and tolerance for the people of Derry and beyond. The Wave on the Walls is another example of how far Derry has come and how confidence has grown.
"I make a passionate plea for as many people as possible to come out on Sunday to join in and in doing so support Foyle Hospice."
He added: "I congratulate Holywell Trust on organising this event. The City Walls are the largest monument in state care and my Department, in partnership with many others, have worked hard to bring them up to their present quality in this Year of Culture."
Derry Walls Day 2013 will mark the commencement of Walls400, the programme of activities taking place during 2013 to 2018 to celebrate the quatercentenary of the building of Derry's City Walls.
Mark Lusby from the City Walls Heritage Project explained the other events that will be happening throughout the day.
"As part of the 1613 charter the people of Derry would have been giving the power to hold a charter market so what we're doing is we're turning the Guildhall place formally known as the Shipquay into a Shipquay market and we'll have livestock, living history performers, sword fights."
Speaking at the photo call, Eamonn Deane, Director of Holywell Trust, added: "400 years on from when the site for the Walls was stepped out in August 1613, we want people to help us make a big statement that Derry's Walls belong to everyone.
"Given their scale, the Walls can sometimes disappear into the fabric of the townscape. This Sunday lunchtime we hope to create a continuous red line of volunteers wearing specially designed t-shirts along the top of the ramparts. Help us to make history, by recreating history."
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