Birthdays, Bobby Davro and a big thank you!


I had an unusual and glamorous addition to my week as I hosted an awards ceremony with… Mr Bobby Davro! He was so lovely, super friendly and chatty and of course had just come out of The Celebrity Big Brother House a few days earlier so was full of the inside gossip about that! It was also particularly nice for me as I had a chance to catch up with a few people I hadn’t seen since my dancing days, I felt youthful once again!

We had a great audience and I felt totally fabulous in a beautiful dress loaned to me by the lovely Ali Keenan. Who’d have thought I would even get in it as she is such a teensy little slip of a thing, but 3% elastane is a miraculous thing!!

Claire and Bobby

It was so nice to do something in front of a live audience again, though I will share my wonderful… (not!!) opening line…

So, after being welcomed onto stage by Bobby, I was chatting away and saying how thrilled I was to be sharing the stage with the legend that is, and instead of saying ‘Bobby Davro’, it came out as ‘Babby Dovro’! Can you believe it? Mortifying! Still the audience roared and he was laughing and enjoying his new name. I  had to laugh at myself, luckily I’m a past master at that, as live TV certainly means all sorts of random things happen. At least it broke the ice!

An eventful week then unfurled as my handsome 12-year-old Joe became a teen. It’s such a benchmark, isn’t it? And having witnessed Tom’s maturity since hitting the teens, I can’t wait to see what happens with Joe. Interestingly I feel the differences already kicking in and there is, without a doubt, a disconnection with us occurring as he is developing (makes me sad I have to admit).

My friend gave me a gift, a book which is titled ‘Get out of my life… but first take me and Alex to town…’. It’s the best-selling parent’s guide to the new teenager and as I now have two of them she thought it an appropriate tool. Well, 40 pages in and I’m more than a little anxious about the next batch of years! I think I should just follow Kathy Tayler‘s guide to parenting as she has turned out three truly fantastic adults. Perhaps she will write a book, or even a little survival guide just for me.

Joe's birthday

Joe had a five (mad) boy sleepover with sausages and marshmallows on the fire and tents in the garden, a most sensible decision to be out there, though with an eight degree forecast overnight, I was a little worried. They were all fine though and aside from a stern word from Dan as it got late and their voices were carrying a little too far into the darkness (and then again at five am when they started revving up again), all was well.

I must thank you all so very very much for the wonderful suggestions of music for my video surprise for Dan, which was in my last blog. I loved playing them on YouTube and interestingly there were many that came up repeatedly from you (great minds and all that).

After a lot of deliberation I went with the ‘Wings’ song by Birdie as although our marriage was 16 years ago and ‘Wings’ is a current track , it felt right as it was clearly being edited as a gift, 16 years on. There is a beautiful moment where after our vows (during which the music is faded) the vicar pronounces us husband and wife and then it surges back in with the line ” ….for the rest of our lives”.

It took my breath away as it was just perfect editing from Mark and meant so much. We played around with the next piece, trying a couple of others. It was for the the signing of the book through to the moment when we drove off in the wedding car. We settled on Stevie’s ‘For Once In My Life’ – it is just the perfect piece and captured the joy, excitement and happiness in the footage and of course as it was my gift to Dan, the words were so appropriate. Amazingly you too had suggested it and I smiled to myself that it became ‘The One’!

Dan was, I think, really pleased. Well, I KNOW he was as the tears did come! Especially when he saw the little message I had filmed at the end. Thank you to lovely Mark for the clever suggestion and for his true kindness in doing the video for me, he really is one in a million. Do you know, watching it and then reminding ourselves of that day really has made us more kind and even more loving with one another. Long may this feeling last.

So, QVC and lovely fashion will be ahead of me for this coming week. I’ll be hosting Fashion by Onjenu (a true favourite) on Friday at 2pm so I shall very much look forward to showing you around all their latest autumn fashion.

In the meantime I’m loving this sunshine-filled Sunday, hearing Maddie and her friends on the trampoline as I write and seeing my Kelly Hoppen bed linen drying on the line… happy days!

Happy October one and all xxxxxxxx


  1. sharka October 7, 2015 at 12:37 pm -  Reply

    hello Clair,
    Lovely blog as always, I was just wondering have you had your lovely engagement ring repaired.
    All the best Sharka

  2. Claire Sutton October 9, 2015 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sharka, it’s being done – I’m missing it so much, hoping it will be ready next week !!! Xx

  3. glenis harrison November 14, 2015 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire, lovely to read your blog as usual, bt can I comment on your hair ? It appears to be taking over your whole body and has a life of its own !! I know you do have lovely hair, but it think it needs taming down a tad !!!

  4. Claire Sutton November 16, 2015 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    Glenis, you are funny!!! Weirdly it’s shorter now than for a long while – yup it certainly has a life of its own.. Funnily enough tonight I had a gentlemen stop me at the petrol station to tell me I had the most beautiful hair !!! I think I must just enjoy it whilst I am blessed to have it don’t you think. Lovely hearing from you .. Hope your November has begun well . Love Claire x

  5. Pamela Richards March 16, 2016 at 4:55 am -  Reply

    I’m so pleased that lulu t.s. next Wednesday wonderful because just started to run out os thank you lulu you’re a inspiration to many love to you,pam

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