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Derry lawyer and campaigner dies

Duke Street march, October 1968
Claude Wilton, far right, in white, on the 1968 Duke Street march. Pic courtesy Derry Journal

One of Derry's best-known solicitors, Claude Wilton, has died.

The 89-year-old died in Altnagelvin hospital on Wednesday after a short illness.

He was a prominent member of the civil rights movement in the city, and was well-known in sporting circles, especially football and cricket.

His friend and fellow civil rights campaigner, Ivan Cooper, said he was "a man of great distinction" who was "legendary" in Derry.

He was a solicitor, he represented the poor, he represented the underprivileged.

"I don't think anyone could ever imagine how legendary he is in this city," he said.

SDLP Assembly member Pat Ramsey paid tribute to Mr Wilton as "a legal representative who greatly respected by and dedicated to the people".


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