“My chil­dren call her ‘Aun­tie Telly!’”

Woman & Home - - The Real Me -

NEIL BRUCE, 55, IS

HEAD OF WINE AT THE PUB CHAIN FULLER’S. HE LIVES IN LON­DON WITH HIS WIFE LISA AND THEIR TWO SONS – MACKIE, 17, AND BILLY, 12. NEIL I’M TWO AND A HALF YEARS OLDER THAN FIONA SO GROW­ING UP, I’M AFRAID I USED TO PLAY WITH MY OLDER BROTHER MORE THAN FIONA… FIONA BUT HE DID LET ME BOR­ROW HIS AC­TION MAN, SO THERE WOULD BE RO­MANCES BE­TWEEN AC­TION MAN AND SINDY! I WAS A GIRLY GIRL, SO I PLAYED WITH MY DOLLS. I WASN’T TER­RI­BLY IN­TER­ESTED IN NEIL AND ALASDAIR [HER EL­DEST BROTHER].

NEIL BUT WHEN WE MOVED TO LON­DON WHEN I WAS 18, I CER­TAINLY BE­CAME MORE IN­TER­ESTED IN FIONA… FIONA WELL, YOU WERE CER­TAINLY MORE IN­TER­ESTED IN MY FRIENDS!

NEIL I DID GO OUT WITH

THE SIS­TER OF ONE OF

FIONA’S FRIENDS.

FIONA AND I FANCIED

YOUR FRIEND MATT!

NEIL AT SCHOOL, FIONA WAS AN A-STAR PUPIL – I WASN’T. I COULD HAVE DONE WITH MORE DRIVE, LIKE FIONA. IT SPEAKS VOL­UMES ABOUT HER, THOUGH, THAT NOT ONLY WAS SHE TOP OF THE CLASS, BUT ONE OF HER BEST MATES WAS ALSO TOP OF THE CLASS, AND THEY’RE STILL FRIENDS. WE NOW LIVE A COU­PLE OF STREETS AWAY FROM EACH OTHER IN NORTH LON­DON… FIONA AND I WISH WE COULD SEE EACH OTHER MORE. IF I WAS UP AGAINST IT, NEIL WOULD BE THERE FOR ME. AND THAT’S A MAS­SIVE THING – TO HAVE THAT UNQUESTIONING SUP­PORT. I DO GET A BIT TWITCHY IF I DON’T SEE NEIL FOR A WHILE. NEIL OUR CHIL­DREN, THE COUSINS, GET ALONG – THEY CALL FIONA “AUN­TIE TELLY!”

FIONA WITH HER BROTHER NEIL

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