Heading for West Wittering

Denise Black
Denise Black
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Ex-Coronation Street Actress Denise Black grew up in Bedhampton and Hayling Island. She’s starring in Sister Act the musical and plays at The Cellars at Eastney tonight with her band The Loose Screw.

What would be your ideal weekend destination?

An overnight anchorage at East Head, West Wittering. I don’t know anywhere more peaceful or beautiful.

Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?

David Attenborough. I love his enthusiasm for nature but I am equally fascinated by his time programming at the Beeb. I want him to tell me which bird sings which song and why a seal once came and played with my kids for 20 minutes one magical early morning swim.

What music would you take with you?

Vivaldi Bach Bulgarian choir Satchmo and Ella and a healthy dose of township jazz. That would make the boat rock!

What about something to read?

I’d take one of my favourite authors, Joyce Cary’s trilogy Herself Surprised, The Horse’s Mouth and To Be A Pilgrim. I recently found he was out of print and managed to find him in a second hand book shop. I’d also take an iPad with that app that shows you the constellations.

What would be your ultimate way to relax?

I’d like to sail in the Med and dive in the Aegean and then sail over to the West Indies. I’ve dreamed of doing this since my teens. That time I got as far as Gibraltar. Anyone need a crew?

If money were no object, which shop would you head for?

A boat shop. I need a Contessa! And the Apple store. I need an iPad.

What’s your all-time favourite film?

Hard to choose between The Philadelphia Story and It’s A wonderful Life. Kate Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart are all-time favourites and Spencer Tracy is the finest actor that ever lived.

We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?

Bubbly. It makes me giddy and gay.

What are you doing this weekend?

Saturday, I’m playing The Cellars at Eastney with my little Gryphon guitar genius Graeme Taylor. We play with the stunningly talented singer songwriter Dedi Madden and Mr AD2 on his cajon. Sunday is a day in the garden.

What’s a favourite local destination for a weekend day out?

Fish and Chip Hill. That’s what my family call the view from the car park up near the fort on Portsdown Hill.