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Doug Beattie surprises Barbara Burns with a bunch of flowers

Doug Beattie surprises Barbara Burns with a bunch of flowers

Doug Beattie surprises Barbara Burns with a bunch of flowers

One of Northern Ireland's most experienced election campaigners is recovering well after suffering a fall.

She might be aged 87, but Barbara Burns won't be kept off the campaign trail.

The plucky pensioner had been out canvassing for Ulster Unionist Doug Beattie when she slipped. Mr Beattie said Mrs Burns broke a bone in her neck and another in her wrist.

The UUP stalwart will be wearing a brace for a few weeks and has her hand in plaster, but is bearing up well.

Mr Beattie described the Lurgan woman as an "exceptional lady".

She had been out rapping at the doors of Lurgan voters last week when she tripped at the end of the canvass.

"She was in great form. I walked in with the flowers, and she had the biggest smile," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

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"She told me that 'These things happen, I just didn't think it would happen to me'.

"Mrs Burns had been canvassing with me a few days before, and she was on one side of the road and I was on the other, and she was shouting over too, and has stories to tell.

"She really puts fun into canvassing."


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