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Kerri McLean

Why a sequel of Dirty Dancing is the wrong move ... I just want to keep my memories

Kerry McLean


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BE MY BABY: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing

BE MY BABY: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing

BE MY BABY: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing

There are some memories that never leave you and anything can bring them unbidden to the front of your mind: a smell, an advert on television, a piece of poignant music. Weather can have that effect on me too.

When it's wet, windy and wild outside, my memory throws me back to a particular holiday with my parents when I was a young child. We'd gone to Galway over Easter in our old caravan, only the weather had forgotten to move out of winter mode and into spring. We spent the next few days gazing out at Galway Bay through the steamed up windows while the wind howled around us, shaking the caravan.

We spent entire days cocooned in those itchy, nylon, bright green and orange sleeping bags that were the height of camping style in the late 1980s. The furthest we ventured was the fairly woeful and icy cold toilet block 50 yards away from our front door, though it felt like a marathon, trying to get there and back and still maintain some heat in your bones and a few dry bits of anatomy.