Maidstone girl Carol McGiffin made her name presenting a radio show with former husband, Chris Evans. Now best known for her role as a panellist on hit lunchtime show, Loose Women, she explains why she loves the county of Kent.
What's your favourite part of the county?
I love the whole of the Kent coast. From North Kent - Whitstable right through to Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Deal and Dover - and my very favourite bit, Folkestone and New Romney down to Dymchurch and Dungeness. I love it because it's wild, quaint and stuck in a proper time warp.
The Grand Burstin Hotel in Folkestone
What's your favourite building?
Motel Burstin in Folkestone although I don't think it's called that anymore. I imagine that one day it will be a top class trendy hotel that everyone will want to stay at!
What's your favourite Kent sports team or event?
I'm not really interested in sport at all but I do take part in the Race for Life for Cancer Research UK every year in Mote Park.
What's the best view in Kent?
From the top of the cliffs in Dover. I love the Port with all the ships and ferries coming and going.
Carol's favourite shop, TJ Hughes
What's your favourite open space?
Mote Park. It conjures up such nostalgic memories of my childhood and all the dangerous things we used to indulge in before ‘health and safety’ spoiled all the kids' fun.
What's the most interesting shop?
TJ Hughes in Maidstone. I can't believe some of the bargains they have in there. I sometimes travel down from London just to go there.
Carol's favourite pub, The Park Gate Inn
What's your favourite bar, pub or restaurant?
The Park Gate on the Ashford Road between Leeds and Harrietsham. I love it because it serves food all day and has a really big sunny garden which is great in the summer.
What's your favourite music venue, theatre or cinema?
You can't beat Leeds Castle as an open air venue and I like the Leas Cliff Halls in Folkestone - that brings back fond memories.
How would you like to spend your ideal day off in Kent?
Visiting my sisters and nieces and nephew who live in Maidstone and Horsemonden.
An open air event at Leeds Castle
What annoys you most about Kent?
The bus fares and taxis are so expensive.
If you could travel to any time period in Kent, past or future, where would you go?
Maidstone in the 60s and 70s - Cheesemans in the High Street. I’d love to go to Paynes the greengrocers - food without packaging! And The Royal Star Hotel - a scene of much debauchery in the 70s. I’d also love to go to the Wig and Gown which was the big pub next to where County Hall and the courts used to be.
What one thing would make Kent better?
More frequent, cheaper bus and taxi services that would serve the whole county.
last updated: 29/04/2008 at 08:59