Wednesday 7 June 2017: Annual Club Outing: Visit to Londonderry
On a bright sunny morning with the promise of fine weather, 25 members of the Men’s and Ladies Probus Clubs boarded a coach at Omagh Golf Club bound for a day out in Derry. First stop on arrival at the maiden city was the Warehouse Coffee shop for refreshments before a conducted tour of the Guildhall and the Tower Museum, led by informed and entertaining guides. This was followed by an “open top” bus tour of the city through the Waterside, over the Foyle Bridge and back to Guildhall Square via the Bogside. The on-board commentary through the headphones drew attention to many of the landmarks of the troubles including memorials and gable wall artworks. In the afternoon the party was given an informative talk on the history of the city while walking the walls with a knowledgeable guide. This included a look inside St Augustine’s Church – “the wee church on the wall”. Back on the coach the party moved on to Beech Hill Country House Hotel where they learned something of the role played by the house as an garrison for US Forces based in Derry during the Second World War, before sitting down to an enjoyable evening meal. Thanks were expressed to Club President John McCandless for organising and arranging such an interesting visit to his native city.