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Sunday 20 April 2014

Actor Jude Law on flying visit to plan Derry peace gig

Jude Law

Actor Jude Law has paid a secret visit to a former military barracks in Londonderry.

The star touched down at the revamped Ebrington site, which is set to host the Peace One Day (POD) event next year as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

The low-key trip saw Law carry out a detailed inspection of the former Army parade ground, which is currently being renovated ahead of the opening of Derry’s Peace Bridge this Saturday.

The parade ground, which is similar in size to Trafalgar Square in London, can hold an estimated 15,000 people.

Law will host the rock concert in the city on June 21, 2012 — exactly year on from yesterday’s summer solstice.

It is understood a number of artists have been approached to perform at the event.

No names have yet been confirmed, although actress Cate Blanchett and singer Damon Albarn have lent their support to the Cultural Olympiad.

Speaking during his visit, Law said: “I’ve seen how Peace Day saves lives. POD is inviting all sectors of society to observe a global truce on Peace Day, 2012. It’s up to all of us to get involved.”

POD founder Jeremy Gilley said: “This concert is going to be something really special. We're thrilled to be in Derry-Londonderry, and the way in which the people of the city have embraced this concert, and Peace One Day's work, will make it all the more remarkable.

“The show marks the three-month countdown to a global truce on Peace Day 2012, what we hope will be the largest reduction in global violence in recorded history, both domestically and internationally.”

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