Helen Car­son Una Brankin, p6-9

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - COMPETITIONS - Helen

BBC pre­sen­ter Annita McVeigh may well have re­ported on some of the shock­ing news in the past few weeks, but while her on-screen per­sona is rarely flus­tered, away from it she is bub­bly with a huge heart.

Born in Co Ar­magh and hav­ing honed her jour­nal­is­tic craft here, she is now based in London al­though comes home for fam­ily vis­its. The mum-of-two was heart­bro­ken to lose her beloved mum to de­men­tia just over two years ago, and the pain of that is still very raw to her as our writer Una Brankin tells.

Her up­bring­ing, which was one of tol­er­ance to­wards every­one, has also stood her in good stead re­cently fol­low­ing the terrorist at­tacks in Manch­ester and London. And, of course, she sings the praises of North­ern Ire­land ev­ery chance she gets. “Annita McVeigh is one of the BBC’s most pol­ished news­read­ers; she’s also warm and friendly. Along with Max­ine Mawhin­ney and Kathy Clug­son — and not for­get­ting Glo­ria Hun­ni­ford — she’s a fine ex­am­ple of the ex­cel­lent NI broad­cast­ers who con­tinue to shine in London and be­yond.”

Take a walk on the wild side with sum­mer’s sur­prise trend. Yes, ladies,the an­i­mal print hasn’t gone away .. Pages 16&17

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