Friday, 27 July 2012

The Golden girl

It was a pleasure to listen to Dame Mary Peters, Ulster's Golden Girl of the 1972 Munich Olympics, who was interviewed by James Naughtie at seven forty-five this morning on BBC Radio Four.

Dame Mary spoke, with great eloquence, of her memories: the Olympic village; the medal (which, incidentally, is on display at the Ulster Museum); her fondness and empathy with the present generation of sports men and women; her pride at competing for the country and the playing of the National Anthem.

We, in Belfast and Northern Ireland, are all so fortunate in having such a wonderful ambassador in Dame Mary Peters DBE.

Dame Mary Peters DBE is HM Lord-Lieutenant for the County Borough of Belfast.

The Red Arrows will perform a fly-past in Belfast today. They will fly past the city centre, over City Hall and Donegall Place, at one o'clock.

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