Welcoming the announcement that Londonderry will be the 2013 UK City of Culture, Jim Brownlee, Governor of the Apprentice Boys of Derry and Chairman of the Maiden City Festival says:

�The Apprentice Boys of Derry and the Maiden City Festival�are delighted to be able to look forward to celebrating in 2013 as a big part of the UK City of Culture.� This is an exceptional year; with the 400th Anniversary of its Royal Charter establishing the City of Londonderry, and the prelude year to the 300th Anniversary in 2014 of the establishment of the first Apprentice Boys Club by Col. Mitchelburne.� Congratulations to the Bid team, and we look forward to working with the 2013 UK City of Culture team in planning a great year of celebration for a great City.�