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I'll be home for Christmas - Larne FC makes man's festive dream come true

By Mark Bain

After hundreds of entries in a contest spanning four continents and more than 20 countries, Larne FC have netted the winner in their #BringThemHome for Christmas competition.

The club had put up free return tickets to people with links to the town elsewhere in the world, so they could spend Christmas in Larne.

Lee Millar is the lucky winner who will be flying home from Qatar - much to the delight of his mother who entered him because she didn't want to face her first family Christmas without him.

Mum Mandy Millar said she was "overjoyed" to hear Lee would be flying home.

"Lee is a physio working and living in Doha, Qatar. This is his first year away and like every mum who's son is away from home I was devastated to think that he might not get back for Christmas," she said.

"This will most certainly make my Christmas complete and, along with Lee's father Russell and sisters Lynsey and Megan, we cannot thank Larne Football Club enough for bringing him home."

Mandy was in Budapest airport returning from holiday when Larne FC called with the good news, so Lee had to wait a few hours before being told.

But when his mum finally contacted him he admitted he was "thrilled" to win the flights.

He said: "This is actually my first year in Qatar and I was dreading spending Christmas on my own. This is an absolutely brilliant early Christmas present."

Gavin Clements, commercial director of Larne FC - which was taken over by online property giant Purplebricks owner Kenny Bruce last year - said: "We wanted to get people talking and we're delighted with the results.

"Thanks to everyone who entered, shared and engaged in the competition. Now we're looking forward to welcoming Lee and his family as our VIP guests on Boxing Day when we play Ballyclare Comrades at Inver Park."

He added: "We made a commitment to make a mark in Larne and beyond and we intend to keep doing that on and off the pitch."

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