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n the nicest possible way, Lynda Bellingham asks in that commanding but jolly Oxo mum tone: “Would you like to shut up?” Minutes into our interview and I’ve put my foot in it by asking how nervous she is about dancing – and maybe, possibly even falling over – in front of millions of TV viewers. After confessing she’s never been the first person to step onto a dance floor, it seemed a fair enough question. Even at her wedding to Mr Spain last year they only managed “a small shuffle because we felt we should.” She can’t even remember what song it was to… But preparing for her performance in BBC1’s phenomenally popular Strictly Come Dancing, Lynda’ s bravely rising to the challenge. “Yes I am nervous and excited but you can’t let yourself think ‘I am going to be watched by 12 million people and I might fall over,’ ” she explains. Lynda, 61, is enjoying rehearsals with dance partner Darren Bennett but admits it’s challenging. “We’re supposed to do a minimum of two hours a day to get the steps into our heads but Darren is insisting on four hours a day, for six days a week! For three hours I’m fine but after that my brain finds it virtually impossible to take anything in.” But she’s loving learning new skills and she’s not afraid of the judges. Even the prospect of a public hammering isn’t daunting her. “I’d take criticism from Len because I’d be interested


Belle of the ball – but Lynda admits there’s one dance she’s dreading

to hear what he said. Any bitchiness from Craig I’ll try and top or deflect depending on how I’m feeling. That’s where the actress comes in. I’m not short of a retort or two!” she promises. But if it really upset her, she’d have no qualms about walking away, she adds. It quickly transpires there are two very different sides to Lynda – her extrovert public image and her quieter personal one as Mrs Pattemore – happily married to Michael (54) and devoted mum to Michael (26) and Robbie (21) from a previous marriage. “As Lynda Bellingham I am very extrovert and people assume therefore I am inherently a show off. Actually I am not. I might have been when I was very young but it didn’t stay with me.”

So when first approached out of the blue to go on Strictly, her initial reaction was? “No; I can’t do this. The idea of being myself out there terrified me,” she admits. “I don’t have a lot of self worth. That comes from what has happened to me in my life.” After a violent second marriage, she now speaks to victims of domestic abuse. Persuaded by her agent and husband Michael though, she purposely donned high heels and went along for an informal chat at the BBC – then instantly forgot about it. Two months later she received a call asking her to take part. “I felt very flattered and thrilled I had got the job and had not been rejected. That was lovely. But within half an hour I was thinking ‘I can’t do it – they’ll find out’. It’s a classic actor’s thing.” Bizarrely, her first biggest fear was exposing her fat arms (her words not mine). A trip to the costume department proved soothing when


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CHAMPION PARTNERS Lynda with her leading man – Darren Bennett

she discovered long gloves that appear to have the same effect on arms as magic knickers do on less than perfect bottoms. “I want a pair for every day of the week!” And to her pleasant surprise after a lifetime of being in the “wrong fashion era”, she’s discovered she has the perfect size 14 body for Strictly costumes. “It’s just fabulous to see how flattering they are to a proper figure!” The ballroom dancing itself she’s reluctantly tackled before – in her teens. Although “not posh at all”, her late Mum Ruth wanted her horsey daughter to attend hunt balls and so packed her off to dance lessons every Saturday morning for a year. “Oh she would have been so thrilled to see me in Strictly. Back then the whole ballroom dancing thing appalled me. I was very much a tomboy. I wasn’t a girly girl at all!” she recalls. Nevertheless teacher Mary Lord drilled the quickstep, waltz, cha cha cha and foxtrot into her. But there was one dance as a teenager that she hated and one she admits she’s not looking forward to on Strictly – the jive. “It’s the dance I’m most nervous about. I could never do it as a girl. I dreaded anyone asking me, because I couldn’t let them take control, but hopefully Darren will take the lead. It was so uncool not to be able to do the jive in my youth – I don’t want to visit that spot again – certainly not in front of millions of viewers.” But she’ll certainly give it her very best and she’s fit for the challenge thanks to regular Pilates and a half hour daily treadmill habit. After recently turning teetotal, she’s also found her energy levels have increased in good time for the gruelling six days a week training sessions. One thing her dance partner Darren might be displeased to hear though is that she doesn’t consider herself naturally competitive. “Even back to school sports days, I never had that desire to win the race but everybody says when you go into this competition you do become very competitive.” While worried about blisters after being warned she’ll have to work through any pain, age isn’t bothering her and she doesn’t feel under pressure to perform better than younger rivals. “I don’t do old age! And just because you are young, it does not mean to say you can dance.” If anything age has spurred her on to accept the challenge. “In my column I am always writing that when you get to a certain age you must keep trying new things and not be afraid of life. When Strictly came along I felt I had to practise what I preach. Who knows I might blossom!” YOURS // EVERY FORTNIGHT

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match and I plan my outfits in advance so that I wear a different colour every day. “I didn’t have a lot of money to shop when I was younger. I remember creeping upstairs with a new pair of shoes trying to hide them from my mum, who was constantly telling me to save. But in my 30s I had a bigger salary and I loved shopping. “Since I retired three years ago I’ve had to watch my spending and with the financial worries everyone is currently experiencing it’s important not to splurge on clothes. “I buy lots of things in the sales and in charity shops but



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There aren’t many of us who don’t need to cut back on our spending at the moment so knowing where to spend and where to save when it comes to style is a good idea. Spend on classic basics such as Louise’s white linen trousers. They’re a summer staple and because they’rer white, Stick uol oc cLouise i ss al c awill ot be kci t S aer aarea. r ea S tick tto o a cclassic lassic ccolour o lo u r able to wear them with other such as navy or red – nautical things in her wardrobe. It’s style comes back year after worth spending a bit extra and year. The shorter sleeves getting a decent quality pair of this jacket make it quite that will wash and wear well. fashionable, but if you’re after a look that will last longer, opt Another item that for full-length sleeves. Louise should consider investing in is a wellSupermarkets are a fitting jacket. She tends to great place to pick avoid fitted clothes because up a bargain – Tesco, of her tummy, but a tailored Asda and Sainsbury’s all jacket helps to shape her waist have excellent fashion ranges and disguise her stomach at great prices. Louise’s


I sometimes find it difficult to find things that fit me well and I prefer to avoid anything that’s too clingy around my middle, my main problem area. I don’t feel my age, but I don’t want to look 25 any more – I’d like to look 45 instead. I’d love to know how to look great on my budget.”

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This fortnight the Yours gardener goes in search of the perfect plant

This week I’ll be…

Taking the lower leaves off tomato plants in the greenhouse, to improve air circulation. Taking cuttings of conifers and hebes. Sowing some winter lettuce and other salads in the polytunnel r, Buying chrysanthemums, in flowe to brighten up the patio s Planting colchicums in sunny area r of borders, near the front, for thei autumn flowers of Giving my privet hedge its last cut the season Protecting dahlias from earwigs with traps made of pots on canes and stuffed with shredded paper

lant breeders have tried d for centuries and all gardeners want it – the perfect plant. Of coursee there will never be such h a thing, though what I’m most often asked for by gardeners is a planting suggestion for a shady place with poor soil and often very windy. The plant should be an evergreen shrub that races up to about 1.5m (5ft) in a year, then stops growing, flowers for many months, has fragrance and is resistant to For a plant that ticks disease and pests. Well, you’re most of the boxes, not alone, but the sad fact is Cyclamen hederifolium that there is nothing that quite comes pretty close matches this description. But if there was, we would get bored as ti twith ub eitg–dafter e hr oall, neegardening r cs esviatsci eg ffiis es a nsa e b oto to be be an an effective effective screen screen or or hedge hedge – but but it itglli w tIItt w will il l g grow in dense shade under much to do with our battle against nature ticks all the boxes in so many other ways. trees, including evergreens, it will grow It looks so delicate, with its perfectlyas working with it. We got quite close in light soils and in clay, it will thrive in formed pink or white flowers that push to this ideal in the Sixties and Seventies the rockery, and it will grow among and with heathers and conifers – and we soon through the bare soil in August and under shrubs and herbaceous plants. September. Then, as the last flowers got bored with those! In time, the tubers, just below the are dropping and the stalks start to coil But back to the search for perfect surface, can become huge. Once you to lodge the seedpods in the soil, the plants. There are a few that come close. have a few, they will produce seedlings, beautifully marbled leaves appear. In I think one species of hardy cyclamen is though these are often sown on top of every possible combination of silver grey so good that every garden should have it. the parent tuber and thus need to be and dark green, these form a close fitting This diminutive gem is Cyclamen moved. So within a few years you can carpet over the soil that withstands all hederifolium. Perhaps it’s not quite have a carpet of cyclamen. the cold and wet that autumn, winter perfect – it only grows 8cm Be it pink or white and often scented, and spring can throw at them. (3in) high, so it’s not going they are addictive. have eva hI h aveotto o confess that there is one thing sui hu t t uoabout about this this plant that I don’t like. Although Always try to buy plants in growth, in pots. ss st hgi s ethe the sight sightoof o the first flowers are beautiful Dried tubers do not always grow after and a md and make maeke me smile, my happiness is planting. If you do buy tubers, check they e e i ewgdgegtinged tninged with wit sadness. They inform me that are firm and not shrivelled. Small tubers, summer mi rm e mm summer is is over and autumn is on its way. about 5cm (2in) across, are best. Huge, warty tubers will not have been grown on nurseries and may be wild collected. Tubers should be planted as soon as possible, with the shootspup, up, about 2.5cm (1in) deep and 15cm (6in) apart. r. t. A little winter NEXT ISSUE: Geoff Stebbings is elegance in the Also look out for Cyclamen coum. h htThis rtehist oaanother nother Hyacinths for editor of Garden seed head of hardy gem with more rounded leaves, e e ebut srwewitw floflowers owers Christmas Answers. For advice and Cyclamen coum in late winter. Mix the two for a long-lasting l l l. ypalppddisplay. sisplay. inspiration each month don’t miss your copy.

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Yours Magazine #71  
Yours Magazine #71  

Yours magazine Issue 71 brings you news and views on issues that matter to you from the UK's favourite magazine for women in their prime