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All the best: We talk to presenter and DJ Ryan Hand

We ask local celebrities what are their most favourite things

By Kerry McKittrick

Published 07/03/2016

Mountain walker: Ryan Hand
Mountain walker: Ryan Hand
Mountain walker: Ryan Hand

The 28-year-old is a presenter, comedian and DJ. He is single and lives in Newcastle.

My best moment

I spent a weekend last year on a £2.5m yacht in Turkey. I won a competition to become one of the National Lottery’s prize testers, so I was on the yacht with my mate and 15 crew just for us. It was amazing luxury — Demi Moore has stayed on the same yacht — and the waters around us were sparkling blue. All I had to do was submit a 15 second video clip to win it.

My best song

I Got You by Duke Dumont. The reason for this song is that it brings back memories of travelling around the world, as I did in 2014. It reminds me of lying in a hammock in Thailand, skiing in New Zealand and scuba-diving the Great Barrier Reef.

My best way to relax

For me, going for a walk on the beach or in the Mourne Mountains is a great way to relax when my head is full of things. I’m also a member of the gym at the Slieve Donard Hotel, so I can go there to chill out in the hot tub.

My best job

I started off as a runner at the BBC and worked my way up to the post of assistant producer. One of the best things I did was a radio series called The Big Celtic Comedy Tour, travelling around Northern Ireland and Scotland with a couple of comedians. My best job though was the 2015 Tall Ships event in Belfast. I was the host of the closing ceremony in front of about 2,000 people. It was like a sea of colour in front of me and the atmosphere was electric.

My best advice

I was recently told this by a friend. I was going to Manchester to meet with an agent who I really wanted to impress. My friend told me simply to be myself and I wrote it on a piece of paper before I went into the meeting and I think it worked — because the agent signed me.

My best buy

My MacBook. I can literally do everything on it — DJ, write scripts, keep my diary and everything else. It’s become a mobile office for me.

My best gift

I got my granny’s biscuit tin when she died. The first thing I did when I went into her house was head for the biscuit tin. They made sure I got that as well as the lady with the crocheted skirt who sits on top of the toilet roll.

My best achievement

A couple of years ago I presented a programme that was broadcast live across the UK via the BBC’s red button. It was called Volume Control: Live at the Oh Yeah Centre. It was my first big presenting job and it was live, so it was important to me.

Best film

I love Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy. The character has great style — I love the blazers he wears — and he has some cracking lines. I know the film word for word at this point.

Best book

It’s one I read recently — Richard Branson: The Virgin Way. Not only does he have business advice, but he has quotes for life scattered through it, too. He tells you not to do things by the book, but to think outside the box. I actually tweeted him when he finished the book and he tweeted me back.

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