Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

New Derry mayor among youngest ever at just 27

Londonderry will have one of the UK’s youngest ever mayors after the SDLP chose 27-year-old councillor Colum Eastwood for the role.

Mr Eastwood, from the Culmore area of the city, yesterday said he is ready for an eventful year in office.

The councillor for the Greater Shantallow area, who turned 27 just last month, will take office on June 6, replacing Sinn Fein mayor Paul Fleming.

One of the first major events in his year of office will be the publication of Lord Saville’s Bloody Sunday report.

Mr Eastwood wasn’t born until over a decade after the events of Bloody Sunday in 1972, and was a teenager when the Inquiry was first announced by then Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1996. However, Mr Eastwood is no novice, and is well clued up on the events as a member of the Bloody Sunday Trust.

Inspired by Nobel Peace laureate John Hume and his successor in the SDLP leadership post Mark Durkan, Mr Eastwood has been active in local politics since the age of 14 and was elected onto Derry City Council in 2005.

Since then he has gone on to be elected chairman of the City of Derry Airport Committee twice and sits on various boards and committees.

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