Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Lady Mary Peters

Lady Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour, Dame Commander of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Mary Peters trained at "Buster" McShane's gym and health club at 58 Upper Arthur Street, Belfast (beside Music Hall Lane).

My father was a member of the club at the time and he used to take me there as a little boy, where Mary trained.

This was my first encounter with her.

As it happens, I was at Brackenber House at the time, where Mike Bull's father taught PE.

She became affectionately known as Ulster's Golden Girl when she brought us home a gold medal at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Mary Peters was appointed Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2000.

About five years later, in the Queen's New Year Honours, 2015, Dame Mary was appointed a Member of the Order of Companions of Honour (CH).

Dame Mary Peters DBE in 2000

Dame Mary served the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Belfast between 2009 and 2014 with great aplomb.

Dame Mary with her Insignia of a Companion of Honour in 2015

When she received the civic honour of Freedom of the City of Belfast in 2018, Belfast City Council remarked,
Over the past forty years she has served as an ambassador for Belfast across the world and has been tireless in her efforts to promote sport and the benefits it brings to young people. 
Accordingly, in the recognition of this service, the council agrees that Dame Mary Peters is hereby elected and admitted as a Freeman of the City of Belfast."
Captain Dame Mary Peters welcomes HM The Queen to Belfast

On Monday, the 17th June, 2019, Garter Day, at Windsor Castle, Lady Mary, now a new Lady of the Garter (LG), was installed with His Majesty the King of the Netherlands, His Majesty the King of Spain, and the 7th Marquess of Salisbury as new Knights.

Lady Mary remains a wonderful ambassador for Northern Ireland.

Three cheers for Lady Mary Peters.

1 comment :

Handelian said...

Mary Peters is a great example of someone who achieved much by talent, hard work, grace and dignity. One of the few high profile NI people in whom we can all take pride.