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Apprentice Boys in £3m funding bid

By Donna Deeney

The Apprentice Boys in Londonderry have submitted funding applications totalling £3m which they say will secure the group's future on the West Bank of the Foyle.

Funding for a £1m restoration project for the Memorial Hall in Society Street and a £2m capital project for an interpretive centre to be built in a vacant lot have been submitted.

The Memorial Hall was built in 1873 and extended in 1936, and this funding application will allow comprehensive restoration work.

At the minute the hall also acts as a Siege of Derry museum.

But over the years the number of visitors has increased significantly, necessitating a new centre.

Apprentice Boy and Assembly Speaker William Hay said that while the final decision is very much still with the funders, they are optimistic that work will begin early next year.

“This is a project that has been ongoing for a number of years but we are now at a stage where we will be able to appoint a project manager,” he said.

“A number of applications for restoration work on the Memorial Hall and for an interpretive centre have been submitted to various funders and hopefully they will be successful for us.”

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