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Pandemic robs Derry of farewell befitting global statesman and its favourite son John Hume

In normal times the streets of Derry would have been thronged with heavyweight world leaders, superstars from the entertainment industry and thousands of "ordinary" people wanting to pay homage to the extraordinary John Hume.

However, they were anything but normal times on Wednesday around St Eugene's Cathedral as the coronavirus robbed the city of the opportunity to give its global statesman, who died in a care home on Monday, the state-like funeral that he deserved.

And in stark contrast to the send-off that hundreds of republicans accorded former IRA man Bobby Storey in Belfast in June, the SDLP and Mr Hume's family tried to observe the pandemic rules to the letter.