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In Pictures: Ulster Tatler Awards honours Hunniford

She may be 71 but broadcast legend Gloria Hunniford has no plans to take it easy.



In fact, she’s never been busier.

The This Morning, One Show and Rip Off Britain presenter was back in Belfast to accept a Lifetime Achievement gong at the Ulster Tatler People of the Year Awards at a glittering ceremony on at the city’s Waterfront Hall.

Reflecting on a prolific career spanning more than 40 years, Gloria told Sunday Life she was delighted with her award, but that it wouldn’t be signalling the end of her career.

“It’s always lovely to get an award. I think the people who say they don’t matter are the very people who don’t get awards.

“There’s a touch of irony because a lifetime award implies that you’re not doing it anymore, when in actual fact life has never been so busy,” she said.

“There’s no chance of me slowing down. I love what I do, I just love the job and my appetite is just as strong as it ever was. I’m not going to become a lady who lunches and goes to coffee mornings.

“I’m stimulated by what I do and I learn something new every day.”

Gloria, from Portadown, started reporting in 1969 when The Troubles were just beginning. More than four decades on she’s still at the top of her game, keeping viewers up to date on the biggest news events of the day. In her role as a This Morning reporter, she was in New York for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and visited the travellers being evicted from the Dale Farm site in Essex last Monday.

The awards audience of 400 watched a heartfelt video from fellow broadcaster Eamonn Holmes, while they were also reminded of many of the icons she has worked with over the years including Bette Davis, Jane Fonda, Cliff Richard, Joan Collins, Jimmy Stewart, Sean Connery, Sir Paul McCartney and Robert Mitchum.

The Ulster Tatler awards also saw golfer Darren Clarke named Sportsman of the Year while Apprentice star and new Sunday Life columnist Jim Eastwood took home the Celebrity of the Year gong.

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