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All The Best: Dick Strawbridge

We ask local personalities what are their most favourite things

By Kerry McKittrick

The 54-year-old TV presenter who was born in Burma, raised in Bangor and now lives in Southend with his partner Angela. They are currently expecting their second child. He is father to James (29), Charlotte (27) and Arthur (1)

My best moment

For me, it's Christmas morning. I loved it as a child, with my big family, as it was so magical. It was just as special with James and Charlotte when they were young and now it's still special with Arthur and our impending arrival. I am very lucky as I have more such magical moments to come.

My best way to relax

Outside in the fresh air. I'm a country boy at heart so even just a walk will do. I love to go up hills and mountains and I learned to fish on the Six Mile Water in Co Antrim. Being from Northern Ireland, I love the rain too.

My best job

This is hard, as I'm on my third career. I left the Army in 2000 and went into industry before I started appearing on TV in 2003. My best job there was on a series called Crafty Tricks Of War for the BBC. I loved that because it celebrated how clever and inventive people are and the ingenuity that goes into solving problems.

My best song

There are two. My daughter, Charlotte Strawbridge, has recorded an album and my favourite song from that is Empires Made Of Sand. I'm also a massive fan of Doris Day, so I would choose Getting To Be A Habit With Me. I love that she's still going strong.

My best advice

It came from my dad and it was 'Unto thine own self be true'. In other words be true to yourself, and integrity is everything – after all, you have to look at yourself in the mirror every morning.

My best gift

Angela bought me a Parker Edwards Damascus steel penknife. It's very sharp and I always have a penknife in my pocket because I am forever doing odd-jobs and it is ideal to carry around with me. You'd be surprised how often you need to use something like that.

My best achievements

People probably always say it, but I've got James, Charlotte, Arthur and a bump. I love the whole idea of family and what gets left behind when you are gone. I'm very proud of my children; I was one of seven. Arthur is gorgeous, James has made lots of TV programmes with me and Charlotte is my little girl.

My best buy

When I started presenting Scrapheap Challenge I was rubbish at tuning V8 engines. I bought myself an MGB GT car with a V8 engine and started tinkering around with it. I eventually sold it for more money than I had bought it for, so, for once, I had a car that didn't owe me anything.

Best movie

The Quiet Man, with John Wayne. It's about an American coming back to live in Ireland. It's a very gentle film that I watched with my father and my children.

Best book

Angela and I collect cookbooks, as we're foodies, and we have a first edition of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management. I love going back to old-fashioned recipes and I love this book to bits.

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