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Black to the future

Ex-Olympic athlete Roger Black is pictured (far right) with Scottish Widows chief executive Archie Kane (far left), “widow” Hayley Hunt and Dr Gavin Strang, MP. at a women and pensions event held at the House of Commons recently. Black is the Scottish Widows representative for the company’s sponsorship of the 2012 Olympics.

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