I’ll do everything to make My Number One Fan proud

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Happy new year! Wow, it’s finally here – 2016.

May it bring you all the happiness and joy in the world.

I hope your Christmas was a fantastic one.

If it was like mine, I’m almost certain it was overloaded with family time, too many calories (or is that just me?) too much booze (yes, me again) and being thoroughly spoiled (er…).

Christmas is really all about being with the ones you love, whether they are your family, friends or even just good neighbours.

I’m looking forward to this year and I can’t wait to share it with you all through my column.

Shazzy, you have some big shoes to fill as we lost one heck of a woman

At the end of 2015 I sadly lost my biggest fan and it will be a loss I shall feel deeply.

I always referred to my Auntie Sharon’s mum June as My Number One Fan – and she loved it.

She genuinely was.

Who else would buy the paper every single Friday and cut my columns out, putting them all into nice presentation folders to give to me each year?

That’s what June did for me and not because I asked her to. I would never have done that.

No, it was because she genuinely supported my career and wanted me to have something to hold on to and look back at in years to come.

It’s okay having the columns online at portsmouth.co.uk, but it’s just not the same as being able to look at and hold the paper version.

I’m still old school. I still buy books, not e-book readers but actual books.

June knew this and for the last goodness knows how many years, she’s religiously kepy my column each Friday.

The day before Christmas Eve, June passed away.

Although she had been unwell for some time, it was a huge blow.

I know my Auntie Sharon will be reading this (June passed on the baton to Sharon who, bless her, will be continuing to cut out my columns for me).

Shazzy, you have some big shoes to fill as we lost one heck of a woman.

God bless you June. I promise I will do all I can to make you proud in 2016.