Star drove hubby to 3 ex­tra years

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A WIDOW has told how Noel Ed­monds used his Routemas­ter bus to take her and her hubby on jaunts to keep their spir­its up while he bat­tled ter­mi­nal can­cer.

The star stunned camp­mates when he said he owned a bus and used it to avoid traf­fic jams. Pal Sharon Dun­ford, 61, lost Ge­off aged 66 last year and says Noel helped him live four years af­ter medics gave him just six months. They trav­elled around France with Noel and wife Liz – and once turned up at Stone­henge in Hal­loween cos­tumes.

Sharon said: “The bus was bought on a drunken night out. We had her ren­o­vated. Up­stairs was a bar and seats and a bit of a cin­ema room. The whole roof opened back.”

Noel also helped them see a Har­ley Street ex­pert and cre­ated a plan for Ge­off that in­cluded med­i­ta­tion and diet changes. Noel Ed­monds shot down ru­mours of a rift be­tween him and Holly Wil­loughby, say­ing he was in “awe” of her. Two years ago, he branded Holly “ag­gres­sive and dis­re­spect­ful” af­ter she in­ter­viewed him on This Morn­ing. And some view­ers spec­u­lated there was bad blood be­tween the pair. But af­ter be­ing evicted from the jun­gle, Noel sang her praises. “I’ve been in TV 50 years and I’ve never en­coun­tered such a pro­fes­sional op­er­a­tion,” he said. “I am in awe of Dec and Holly, it’s a dif­fi­cult job for her to do hav­ing to step into Ant’s shoes, she has done a bril­liant job.” He added be­ing on the show was the high­light of his lengthy ca­reer. “I’ve flown with the Red Ar­rows twice and this has trumped it,” he de­clared.

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