The siege of Derry is to be marked with the largest cultural civic event ever held in the city.

The Derry tercentenary celebrations will be staged at a cost of one hundred thousand pounds.

The Ulster Concert Orchestra is currently in rehearsals for the premiere of Derry Symphony at the Guildhall. This composition by Sean Daly will feature uilleann piper Liam O'Flynn in a concert  at the Guildhall that will relayed through the streets of the city.

Preparations are also underway for the production of an outdoor play written and directed by Andy Hynes, formerly of the Druid Theatre Company.  The play has a cast of eighty school children and tells the story of three families during the one hundred and five day siege of the city. The play also sets the international scene at the time featuring King Louis XIV of France, King James and King William of Orange.

Mayor of Derry Tony Carlin outlines the scale of the cultural event and the possibility of it becoming an annual event.

It’s certainly a very very major event in the cultural calendar and possibly it will become an annual event.

Kevin McCaul, Deputy Amenities Officer for Derry City Council, describes the background to the event and the civic contribution to the celebrations.  A community parade through the streets of Derry will culminate in a finale along the river with a fireworks display.

The siege of Derry lasted 105 days from 18 April to 1 August 1689.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 May 1990. The reporter is Póilín Ní Chiaráin.