Soprano singer Lesley Garrett recalls her travel adventures – and reveals why India is her dream destination
Lesley Garrett – she loves the Dales
This week singer Lesley Garrett checks in to our holiday Q and A.
She reveals why India is her dream destination, her earliest holiday memory and her go-to Austrian ski hotel.
EARLIEST HOLIDAY MEMORY?
Staying at my great uncle’s tiny chalet at Bridlington Bay — the deal was Mum had to give the outside a new coat of paint whenever we visited!
YORKSHIRE OR LANCASHIRE?
What kind of question is that to ask someone from Doncaster? Yorkshire with a capital Y!
FAVE PART OF YORKSHIRE?
Probably the Dales where I had many happy holidays with my family in my teens.
FIRST FOREIGN TRIP?
I hitchhiked at 19 with my boyfriend at the time to Crete, and was just gobsmacked by Europe. We spent a month there living on about a fiver, which you could do in those days.
Staying at the holiday cottage we own in the Forest of Grésigne, in the South of France — one of Europe’s largest oak forests. It’s just heaven on a stick.
THEATRICAL DIGS FROM HELL?
Shivering away in a freezing attic room in a guest house in Wexford, Ireland, at the start of my career.
FAVE FOREIGN HOTEL?
I love skiing and every winter my family and I stay at the family-run Hotel Auenhof in the Austrian Alps. The owners are incredibly hospitable; every time we visit we renew our friendship with them.
CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT?
My doctor husband.
Lesley once ‘shivered away in a freezing attic room in a guest house in Wexford’ (pictured). She would like to return there to celebrate her 40th year in the music business
MOST EMBARRASSING HOLIDAY SELFIE?
I was once asked to pose for a selfie after going out to see the Great Barrier Reef in Australia — unfortunately my face was green because I’d just been terribly seasick!
I’d like to return to Wexford to celebrate my 40th year in the music business. Mind you, I won’t be staying in the same house.
India — its unique mix of cultures has always fascinated me.
Cinderella, starring Lesley Garrett as the Fairy Godmother, is at New Wimbledon Theatre until January 5.