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All the best: Presenter Sarah Travers shares her favourite things


Sea here: Sarah Travers loves to unwind with a walk on Portstewart Strand

Sea here: Sarah Travers loves to unwind with a walk on Portstewart Strand

Best book: Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong

Best book: Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong

Sentimental: Prized possession

Sentimental: Prized possession

Nostalgic: Ennio Morricone

Nostalgic: Ennio Morricone

John Hughes' The Breakfast Club

John Hughes' The Breakfast Club


Sea here: Sarah Travers loves to unwind with a walk on Portstewart Strand

The 40-year-old TV presenter hosts UTV's The Magazine programme on Monday at 8pm. She lives in Portstewart with husband Stephen Price and their children, Jack (17) and Evie (11)

My best moment

It sounds soppy but it's definitely holding my babies in my arms for the first time – although meeting Gabriel Byrne and Jude Law were certainly high points, too. I had a drink with Gabriel, and my husband, who was with me, jokingly turned to me and gave me his permission to run off with him. He's so charming and handsome and very charismatic.

My best song

It's not really a song but a piece of music that I love. It's the Theme from the Sicilian Clan by Ennio Morricone. It's an unusual choice but I'm a huge Ennio fan and saw him a few years ago at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast. We had this piece of music played at our wedding and I could listen to it over and over again.

My best way to relax

A walk on Portstewart Strand – just me zoning out. I also love a nice facial as a luxurious treat.

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My best job

What I'm doing right now as a presenter is pretty fantastic. I studied journalism in university as I always wanted to do this. Now, I get access to all sorts of amazing people and places and I get paid to do it.

My best advice

I'm not overly religious but a friend once gave me the words of the Serenity Prayer when times were tough.

I find that I can apply that to all sorts of situations in life and it helps me get through.

My best gift

I'm not really into material goods but I treasure a little ornament given to me by my late dad. It's a Willow Tree figurine called Quietly and features a mother with her two children.

He gave it to me just after I had my second child and it was a bit of an emotional thing for him to have done so.

It's a little keepsake from him.

My best achievement

I think having a family and a career and getting everyone out of the house in the mornings is pretty much an achievement every day. Plus the fact that they come home well at the end of it and still know who I am and that I'm not just the woman from the TV.

My best buy

I bought a black evening dress from a shop called Couples in Coleraine about 12 years ago. It gets recycled regularly by myself and my friends. I get compliments every time I wear it and it looks different when you change the accessories and your hairstyle.

I've definitely got my money's worth out of it.

My best book

It's a toss up between Jonathan Frantzen's Freedom and Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong. I am a big reader when I get the time and normally have a book on the go. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a quiet place to read in our house, but I love lighting the fire and curling up with a book.

My best movie

I think movies from your formative years really bring back memories and I loved John Hughes' The Breakfast Club. Every time I hear the theme tune, Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds, I'm right back there with Emilio Estevez and Molly Ringwald all over again. I was only about 12 the first time I saw it so it was very risque back then. It reminds me of an exciting time in my life.

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