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City's key wartime role to be honoured by weekend events

By Donna Deeney

The anniversary of the dramatic U-Boat surrender on Lough Foyle will be marked today at Londonderry's Guildhall Square, where a full-size replica of a Spitfire plane will be on show.

This day 72 years ago, the German U-boat fleet was ordered to surrender to the Commander of the Western Approaches, Admiral Sir Max Horton, in 1945, at Lisahally.

This signalled an end to the lengthy Battle of the Atlantic and placed Derry at the heart of one of the Second World War's key strategic military operations.

The surrender highlighted the significance of the city in protecting the Atlantic convoys.

This will be recalled with US Troop re-enactors from Wartime Living History Association and American Willys Jeeps from the Ulster Military Vehicle Club.

A variety of unique museum collections will also be on show inside the Guildhall, and a series of talks are scheduled at the Tower Museum throughout the day.

Education officer at the museum, Ronan McConnell, explained: "The events taking place in the city will be a fitting way to commemorate this exciting era and to give people an insight into what the city would have been like 72 years ago."

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