My weekend: Sandra Smith

Sandra Smith
Sandra Smith
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Sandra Smith, 70, is the public relations and promotions manager at the Kings Theatre in Southsea. She lives in Hayling Island with her husband, Roy.

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

I went to Amsterdam (right) for a friend’s birthday. It was nice to be back in my home city, walking along the canals and seeing the reflections of all the beautiful buildings in the water. I always make sure I eat some patat met mayo, which is chips with mayonnaise in a pointed paper bag. It’s a Dutch tradition.

What was the last gig/concert you went to?

I went to watch The Who at the O2 Arena which I really enjoyed. I was singing and jumping along with the rest of the pensioners. I’m going to see Andre Rieu at Wembley Arena as a Christmas gift from one of my sons. I love his music and am so looking forward to it and of course he is Dutch and comes from Maastricht, the same city in which my granddad was born. I spent many weekends there as a child and can recognise the accent when I hear Andre speak.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

I watched That’ll Be The Day at the Kings Theatre. My husband Roy loves it as well; we go every year and it just gets better every time. What we like about it is the wide range of entertainment in the show with music from the 1950s through to the 1970s, and we are always anticipating the hilarious Mick Jagger impressionist.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

After work I like to come home and put my feet up and catch up with the day’s newspapers over coffee and cake. I’ll then prepare a nice meal for myself and my husband (otherwise he would survive on banana sandwiches) with a nice glass of wine. We’ll then check the TV listings for a good drama or comedy to watch.

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

I’ve had the opportunity to meet many big names due to my job at the theatre, but my ideal weekend guests would be Charles Aznavour and Edith Piaf (right). I love their music and would love to chat to them about many things. I saw the film La Vie En Rose about Edith Piaf’s life. She had such a tragic upbringing but still became such a big international star.

What’s your signature dish, if you’re cooking?

Nasi Goreng. It’s an Indonesian rice dish which I like to serve with satay chicken. Indonesia was a former Dutch colony, so its cuisine tends to feature a lot in Dutch cookery. There’s a certain spice mix I use that is only available from Holland, so whenever my friends come over they always bring me a supply. My sons insist I cook it at least once a month for them.

Do you have any hobbies?

I enjoy going to the gym and am a member of the lifestyle gym at the Langstone Hotel on Hayling Island. I like to do classes as I feel they push you a bit more. I can still keep up with people half my age, though I probably ache a bit more than them in the morning. It makes me feel less guilty about that piece of cake and glass of wine.