Craig Opens The Rose­bourne

Berkshire Life - - Interview -

You are known for be­ing the show’s tough­est judge. Has this ever got you in trou­ble when you’re out in pub­lic?

Yes! I had my face slapped one day in New­bury, which was quite a shock.

Away from Strictly, can you de­scribe your ideal day out? A ro­man­tic pic­nic with some­one spe­cial in a field by a stream would be won­der­ful.

Do you still go out danc­ing your­self? And if so, where do you like to go?

Sadly, I no longer go out danc­ing.

Do you feel dif­fer­ently about your fam­ily af­ter ap­pear­ing on Who Do

You Think You Are?

Yes, it was re­ally ex­cit­ing to learn so much more about my fam­ily and to draw on my clog danc­ing her­itage in the piece I chore­ographed for The Bal­let Boys.

You’ve come a long way from Bal­larat. Do you think you will ever live back in Aus­tralia and would you go back to Mel­bourne?

No, I don’t think so.

Who’s your clos­est friend? My boyfriend, Jonathan Myring. He’s a real keeper.

You have friends in Berk­shire. What do you like so much about the county and where would you rec­om­mend Berk­shire Life read­ers to eat and drink in Berk­shire?

I would rec­om­mend go­ing to see a show at the en­chant­ing Water­mill Theatre in New­bury, they have a splen­did bar and restau­rant. You’ll have a great night out there.

You are a pa­tron for the Na­tional Os­teo­poro­sis So­ci­ety. Why does this mean so much to you?

My mother suf­fers from hor­ri­ble arthri­tis and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to dance at an early age can help save peo­ple from the same fate.

What, if any­thing, do you miss about pre mo­bile days? Noth­ing at all. In my job my mo­bile is an ab­so­lute life­line – it helps me know what I am sup­posed to be do­ing next.

Af­ter more than 30 years in show­biz, do you have any am­bi­tions left?

Who knows what might come along? I’m look­ing for­ward to some­thing fab­u­lous!

2019 looks set to be busy for you. Are you look­ing for­ward to star­ring as Berk­shire res­i­dents were in for a treat on Oc­to­ber

6th when Strictly Come Danc­ing star Craig of­fi­cially opened the Rose­bourne in Al­der­mas­ton.

Com­bin­ing the fresh ap­peal of a gar­den cen­tre and farm shop to­gether with a buzzy and friendly restau­rant, the Rose­bourne is bound to be a bit hit in Berk­shire. Here you’ll find qual­ity, fresh, lo­cally sourced pro­duce in its restau­rant and food hall, along­side a won­der­ful wide range of beau­ti­ful plants, gar­den es­sen­tials, home­wares and in­di­vid­ual gifts. It’s the per­fect place for an af­ter­noon out and a great place to start your Christ­mas shop­ping early.

Craig said: “I ab­so­lutely Miss Han­ni­gan in An­nie?

Yes I ab­so­lutely love the char­ac­ter of Miss Han­ni­gan. It’s a dream role for me.

What are you plan­ning to do for Christ­mas and New Year? I will be play­ing the Wicked Step­mother in Cin­derella in pan­tomime at the New Vic­to­ria Theatre in Wok­ing so that will keep me very busy.

For more on Craig see crai­grev­el­hor­ adore the Rose­bourne and I am re­ally thrilled to be a part of the open­ing of this new store here in Al­der­mas­ton.

“I think it’s fab­u­lous and I only wish it was next door to me as I’d be in here the whole time!”

ABOVE: Charles Venn with Karen Clifton

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