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Author: News Letter
Published on 08 November 2010 10:00 AM

A North Belfast community worker has been nominated for the 'Pride of Britain' Awards.

Mary Kelly, 63, has been nominated for her 30 years of cross-community work in the Skegoneill and Glandore area, despite coming under intimidation, MP Nigel Dodds said.

He congratulated Ms Kelly on being nominated in the 'Neighbour of the Year' category of the Daily Mirror 'Pride of Britain' awards.

Mary will be travelling to London for the awards ceremony taking place at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The ceremony, hosted by Carol Vorderman, will be broadcast nationwide on ITV on Wednesday.

Mr Dodds said: "Mary is one of those people who has beavered away over many years in voluntary work and cross-community contact to make her community a better place.

"She has worked with others in the Skegoneill/Glandore area to ease tensions and promote dialogue in that mixed area.

"Sadly she has suffered from intimidation herself, with three attacks upon her home during the past year, which was utterly contemptible and I understand charges have been pressed in relation to this.

"Through all this Mary has sought no recognition or reward for her determined and caring work, and I am delighted that through this nomination she is now receiving some recognition for her good work."

opens link in new window Photo of MP Nigel Dodds with Mary Kelly

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