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Cross-community cooperation during pandemic has been remarkable. Along with combined strength of Union, it will ensure that we prevail, says Boris Johnson

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First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill meet with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Hillsborough Castle. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill meet with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Hillsborough Castle. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Ey

First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill meet with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Hillsborough Castle. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

The rainbow balloon stickers that still doggedly adhere to seemingly every commercial vehicle in the greater Belfast area brought a much-needed splash of colour and a sizeable serving of hope to the people of Northern Ireland during the toughest days of the coronavirus lockdown.

Sam McClean, the Belfast sign-maker who has been churning them out non-stop since April, has already raised north of £100,000 for the NHS and local charities - for which I was delighted to give him a special Point of Light award earlier this year.

And while the stickers he has produced say a well-deserved "thank-you" to our amazing key workers, the way in which they rapidly spread to every part of Northern Ireland also says something about the way in which the people of this country pulled together in the fight against this awful virus.