At Home With Lorraine Kelly 2017 - 99
THE BIG INTERVIEW ▲
reams: cherished aspirations we all
think up from time to time, but
few of us actually see come true. It
depends what they are, of course,
but nine times out of 10 they just
flitter away in the back o our
minds and remain an untouchable
goal. Not for our guest editor
Lorraine Kelly, though. Earlier
this year, the 57-year-old made the trip of a lifetime to
Antarctica with her husband Steve Smith, to celebrate
their 25th wedding anniversary.
'It's been a big dream of mine since I was a wee girl.
That, and landing on the moon, of course,' she laughs,
when we meet for brunch in central London.
'I don't think I'll ever get to the moon now - I think
that's a pipe dream. But, then again, I never thought
I would make it to Antarctica. And ITV was so kind to
give e the ti e off our weeks in tota .
I felt puzzled - surely someone as successful and
a ous as orraine wou dn t need to ask or ti e off ike
everyone else. The morning TV presenter noticed my
confusion: 'Oh yes, I have a holiday entitlement, just like
everyone else. I saved some days from Easter and some
from summer and combined them for this trip. The thing
is, to go all the way down to the Earth's most southern
continent, you need a lot of time.
e flew to uenos ires and on to shuaia at the
bottom of Argentina. Then we sailed across Drake
Passage. I'm a good sailor and I wasn't ill but these are
the worst seas in the world! How people do it in tiny
boats, I do not know. The waves were crashing all
around us - it was rough. But we made it, we reached
the Antarctic Peninsula.'
Regarded by many as one of the most beautiful places
in the wor d orraines rst-hand descri tion backs u
this claim. 'It's pristine, not even dogs are allowed there
anymore. In South Georgia, they've got rid of the rats
that came over on the whaling ships. Reindeer brought
over by the Norwegians have all gone, too. The people on
South Georgia are trying really hard to keep it unspoilt.
White and peaceful, it's one part of the world we haven't
screwed up... yet,' she says. >
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