My memorable year: John Kelly

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John Kelly celebrates outside the Guildhall with other relatives of those shot dead on Bloody Sunday after the release of the Saville Report

As the year draws to a close, Freya McClements from BBC News speaks to a selection of people from Northern Ireland who had a year to remember in 2010.

John Kelly's brother Michael was shot dead on Bloody Sunday.

On 15th June, 2010, John stood on the steps of Derry's Guildhall with a copy of the Saville Report in his hand and shouted its verdict that his brother was innocent.

"The night before, the realisation really kicked in that the next morning we were going to see the report after all this time

"I couldn't sleep, there were so many things running through my head about what it might say.

"The first person to knock on my door that morning was Alex Thomson of Channel 4.

'Great hope'

"We went to the cemetery with my sisters and brother and visited the grave where Michael lies with my mother and father and asked him to give us the strength to get us through the day.

"We were nervous and didn't know what to expect, but we walked away from the graveside with great hope.

"The next stage was to go and meet everyone on Rossville Street.

"We were all lined up, the two people from each family who were permitted to go into the Guildhall first.

"I couldn't believe the amount of people cheering us on, you were putting a smile but inside you were all tensed up.

"I remember going up the stairs in the Guildhall, getting more nervous as I walked along main hall, but when I got to the door all I could see was smiles.

"My solicitor said 'John, everyone was declared innocent'.

"It was a massive relief, it was a fantastic moment in my life, to actually realise that we were at that point where all our people were being declared innocent.

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John's brother Michael was killed on Bloody Sunday

"Everyone was laughing and cheering and hugging one another.

"We had to wait until David Cameron gave his speech in the Commons before we came out into Guildhall Square to meet the people.

"When I came out that door I couldn't believe the scene that met us.

"The Guildhall Square was packed with people, and they were all smiling and laughing and cheering, cheering for us.

"I do feel that what we achieved, we achieved for those people as well, because Derry itself was injured on Bloody Sunday, but I think at that moment in time, a headling began.

"Everyone was able to come forward and say their loved one was innocent -and that really was incredible.

"It's something I will never, ever forget.

"It was a JFK moment. People in Derry will ask, where were you when the Saville Report was released."

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