Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 7 July 2015

Sarah Travers back in front of the camera

By Maureen Coleman

Published 08/02/2013 | 00:00

Lady in red: Sarah Travers at the Culloden Hotel in a dress by designer MaryRose McGrath
Lady in red: Sarah Travers at the Culloden Hotel in a dress by designer MaryRose McGrath

Just last month she left her high-profile presenting job with BBC Northern Ireland after a total of 17 years.

But already Sarah Travers has been back in front of the camera again – this time glamming it up to launch a charity ball in aid of the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.

Although she quit her job to spend more time with her family, presenting comes naturally to the mum of two, who will compere the Ruby Ball at the Culloden Hotel on May 18.

As our picture shows, the Portstewart woman looked stunning in her strapless scarlet ball gown by local designer MaryRose McGrath as she helped launch the fundraising event.

Sarah said: "When the charity asked me if I had a red dress, I knew immediately that I had to borrow this one from MaryRose McGrath. It's huge, but it's beautiful and I fell in love with it.

"Maria Moore from the BBC did my hair and make-up and what was meant to be just a few pictures for the launch turned into a full-on photoshoot.

"I must admit though, I did feel very glamorous. It was a bit like being a princess for a day."

Sarah, who often comperes at charity events and awards ceremonies, left her job as Newsline presenter last month.

At the time she cited "personal reasons" for her departure, explaining that she wanted to try her hand at new opportunities and spend more time with her family.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, Sarah said she had reached a stage where she felt it was time to move on.

"Leaving the BBC was a risk and a gamble, but in a way it's been a relief too because I can spend time with my family now," she said.

"My dad hasn't been well and this year my son is doing his GCSEs and my daughter her transfer test.

"It's important to me that I'm around for these.

"I guess I just reassessed my life and realised that work isn't the be all and end all.

"The hours I was working weren't very family friendly and the kids love having me around now, doing normal things with them, like cooking their meals."

Sarah said she had other projects in the pipeline.

"I've had lots of telephone calls, which is very encouraging and hopefully I'll be back on the television screen at some stage," she said.

"I haven't retired, I just wanted to take a break from news and to try working in a different way," she added.

Background

The Ruby Ball, compered by Sarah Travers, will take place at the Culloden Hotel in Cultra on May 18. After a meal in the Stuart Suite, guests will enjoy entertainment in a vintage outdoor marquee, while helping the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund For Children celebrate 40 years. NICFC fundraising manager Laura Johnston said: "We are celebrating 40 years of providing practical and emotional support at home and in the ward to local young people with cancer and their families. Proceeds from this event will help us continue to provide this vital service."

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