Northern Ireland

Dame Mary Peters granted freedom of Belfast

Dame Mary Peters
Image caption Dame Mary competed in three Olympic Games and five Commonwealth games

Belfast City Council has granted Olympic gold medallist Dame Mary Peters the freedom of the city in a motion passed on Thursday evening.

Dame Mary competed in three Olympic Games and five Commonwealth games, her first when she was 18 years old.

She won gold in the women's pentathlon in 1972.

SDLP councillor Pat McCarthy proposed the motion in recognition of the 73-year-old's contribution to the life of the city.

"Over the past 40 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," the motion stated.

"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."

Previous recipients of the honour include the poet John Hewitt, the merchant navy and Winston Churchill.

In September, Flybe named one of their aircraft after her to mark the 40th anniversary of her gold medal victory in the 1972 Games.

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