Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

In Pictures: Mary Peters Olympic anniversary gala night at Opera House

Patrick Kielty on stage during the Mary Peters Olympic anniversary gala night
Siceryka McMahon and Katie Kirk
Mary Peters of Great Britain raises her arms in triumph after receiving her gold medal for winning the Women's Pentathlon at the Summer Olympic Games on 3rd September 1972

40th anniversary event at the Grand Opera House in Belfast celebrating the day Dame Mary won Pentathlon Gold at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

Many of Northern Ireland's biggest names in sport, music and entertainment came together last night to celebrate the anniversary of Dame Mary Peters' 1972 Olympic triumph in Munich.

Not many events can boast a line-up ranging from Sir Steve Redgrave to Van Morrison to May McFettridge to Jane Torvill, but the charming and humble Dame Mary had brought them all together.

The evening began with actor Dan Gordon setting the scene for 1972. Atrocities including Bloody Sunday, Bloody Friday and Bloody Monday made it one of the worst years of the Troubles.

Then along came “the Golden Girl” to, as Gordon said, “set a world record, write herself into the history books and into our hearts”.

Gordon handed over to a trio of hosts, each more risque than the last, with first Gerry Kelly, then Jackie Fullerton and finally Patrick Kielty.

But the star of the evening was of course Dame Mary herself, who was brought down from the safety of her box to take pride of place on a chat show-style stage set.

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