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Identity of mystery lovers remains a Grey area after banner stunt

By Donna Deeney

Shades of speculation are rife as to the identity of ‘Nick' after a giant banner was strewn over a pedestrian bridge in the Co Londonderry village of Eglinton.

The banner which reads, “Nick be my Mr Grey”, and is signed “Ali” with kisses, has the village talking, but their identity remains a mystery.

With wry smiles and chuckles from people who have clearly read the latest ‘chick-lit’ phenomenon, Fifty Shades of Grey, the villagers are wracking their brains wondering just who Nick is.

The erotic novel by EL James has flown off the shelves in the north west, in keeping with the rest of the world.

The book, which has sold 31 million copies worldwide, is the fastest selling paperback of all time, surpassing the Harry Potter series.

It has been read by thousands in Derry but has clearly made a big impression on one girl in Eglinton.

Fifty Shades of Grey is the first installment of a trilogy which traces the relationship between the ‘hero' Christian Grey and university graduate Anastasia Steele, prompting the idea that the two people named in the banner are also young.

Jason Olphert, who works in the nearby Broadbridge Filling station, said: “Everyone thinks it is a real laugh but mostly they are dying to know who Nick is and who Ali is. She is a brave girl to make a declaration like this in such a public way.”

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