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Dame Mary Peters leads the cast

By Maureen Coleman

Published 25/06/2009

Northern Ireland’s most famous Olympian was today preparing to return to the track to celebrate her 70th birthday.

But Dame Mary Peters will be walking for charity rather than running for gold medals when she puts on her training shoes next month.

Dame Mary began her birthday celebrations early this week by casting her place in Olympic history.

The Gold medallist — best known for her glittering athletics career — was at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast yesterday to have her hands and feet cast as part of a National Lottery campaign (above).

The Summer Olympic gold medallist, Dame Mary said she was privileged to be involved in a campaign which recognises the sporting achievements of the UK’s Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists.

She said: “It’s an honour to be part of this wonderful campaign, especially in the run up to the London Olympics. It’s such an exciting time.”

The casting marked the start of Dame Mary’s 70th birthday celebrations and already, plans are in action for the big day on July 6.

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