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Tribute is music to Dame Mary Peters' ears

BY CLAIRE WILLIAMSON

A special musical tribute to Dame Mary Peters, composed by the PSNI Pipe Band, will be heard throughout the World Police and Fire Games games.

Entitled Mary's Air, the composition will be played at each medal ceremony.

Dame Mary Peters, who brought home the gold medal in the pentathlon at the 1972 Munich Olympics, heard the tribute for the first time on Tuesday at the medal ceremony for the ice hockey.

She told the Belfast Telegraph: "I was very emotional because of its name and the honour of bringing the games to Northern Ireland. It sounded really good ringing out over the Odyssey."

Constable Colin McClelland, of the PSNI Pipe Band, added: "The band had been to the 2011 World Police and Fire Games in New York to highlight the fact the games would be in Northern Ireland this year, and Dame Mary thought it would be nice to have a unique and special piece of music. When I got home the other pipe band members and myself started to put together some music."

PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie said she was "delighted" that the tribute had been composed.

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