My Weekend: Gavin Meikle

Gavin Meikle
Gavin Meikle
Former Great British Bake Off contestant Enwezor Nzegwu takes part in a 24-hour treadmill relay at Portsmouth University Gym to raise money for cystic fibrosis. Fellow participant Dannii Hutchins gives support. 'Picture Ian Hargreaves  (180224-1)

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Gavin Meikle is a communication skills trainer. The 55-year-old is also a member of speech-making organisation Toastmasters. He belongs to Solent Speakers and Spinnaker Speakers.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

This summer we went back to Scotland. I am from Scotland but haven’t been back for a few years. We spent a couple of days in Edinburgh because of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We then moved on to Stirling where we rented a yurt. Finally we moved further north and hired a real gypsy caravan.

What was the last gig/concert you went to?

My wife and I love folk music and recently we went to see folk rock legends Steeleye Span in concert in Salisbury. We have seen them many times before and love their blend of traditional songs and contemporary music.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

We saw Richard II beamed live from the RSC at Stratford to the Reel Cinema in Fareham. David Tennant took the lead role and the whole production was absolutely stunning. I think this trend of beaming plays, operas and ballets to local cinemas is brilliant.

The last book you read?

Joint Enterprise by Oliver Tidy. I love a good detective novel. The characters were well drawn and credible, and the story had enough twists, turns and surprises to keep me hooked.

What was the last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?

We went to see Saving Mr Banks. It’s the story behind the making of Mary Poppins and the battle between Walt Disney and PL Travers, the author. Emma Thompson is superb as Mrs Travers – cranky, quirky and very English.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

My wife and I both love walking. We often head down to Hill Head or Lee-on-the- Solent and walk along the seafront.

What do you watch on TV?

I don’t watch a lot of TV but I like a good documentary or a good drama. Recently I have been hooked on the third and final series of the Danish political drama Borgen.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

It has to be Billy Connolly. I have loved his humour since I first heard a recording of him back in the 70s. His stories and observations on life make me laugh until I cry.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

We often take our bikes to Hayling Island and cycle the Hayling Billy Trail. It’s nice and flat and has beautiful views and there are plenty of nice café’s along the seafront.

Do you have any hobbies?

I am a member of two Toastmaster clubs, Solent Speakers in Fareham and Spinnaker Speakers in Southsea. Despite its name, these clubs have nothing to do with red coats and weddings.

Toastmasters is a network of clubs dedicated to helping people from all walks of life develop the twin skills of public speaking and leadership. We get all sorts of people joining, from students to retired people.