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Colin Murray to walk around Belfast in green mankini

Radio host Colin Murray will walk through Belfast city centre on St Staphen's Day in a green mankini

CARL Frampton and Gary Lightbody - expect a call from radio presenter Colin Murray as he looks for volunteers to accompany him in his green mankini walk around Belfast.

The Belfast broadcaster is to fulfil a pledge he innocently made last year when he vowed to run through the city in the outfit if Northern Ireland qualified for the European Championship finals.

He revealed yesterday that he will make good on his promise on St Stephen's Day and is looking for some of the north's leading sports and music stars to join him.

Murray said he plans to phone Carl Frampton, Gary Lighbody, Keith Gillispie and David Healy to make sure they join him.

"I had two options. To do it at 4am on my own like a coward or pull on that mankini loud and proud," he said.

"I've been involved with Football for All for ages and this is a chance to raise some serious cash.

"I'm buzzing that we qualified and I'm hellbent on turning my stupid tweet into an amazing event."

He added: "I already have a famous musical son from Northern Ireland signed up but I'm coming for them all.

"Frampton! Wheeler! Lightbody! Gillespie! Healy! Don't you dare avoid my calls!"

All money raised will go to Frame Football in Northern Ireland, which will bring children with physical disabilities together to play an adapted game that suits their needs.

Murray added: "It'll be Baltic but the walk will be brisk and short and the result will be warm and wonderful".

Colin in all his mankini glory

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