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5 Interesting Facts About Me

Ok, so I don’t have any weird or wonderful stories to tell you but here are 5 interesting facts that you may not have known about me…

I used to be a Freestyle Disco Dancer

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Before I got into mud and muck with the horses I used to wear makeup and sparkles, danced barefoot and wore colourful lycra costumes.

I was a Hamster Breeder

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My Grandparents owned a shop on our town’s high street and the shop next door was a pet store. Even as a child I was very savvy about earning money and ended us breeding hamsters and selling the babies to the pet store for some pocket money.

I’ve been on TV 

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Now don’t get all excited, I was only about 8yrs old when the BBC came to my Primary School and chose five children to star alongside Stephanie Beecham on the French and Saunders show in 1988. I was dressed up like a mini Madonna and just had to stand there whilst the cameras rolled. The one thing I can clearly remember was looking at the camera’s and crew whilst filming and having jam roly poly and custard for pudding from the catering van. I’ve tried to get a link to the sketch but as yet Google is not finding it. I’ve requested a copy from the BBC but as usual, there is a process you have to go through to get it. This image is a still from the sketch showing Stephanie Beecham saying her lines.

I’m a fully qualified Beauty Therapist

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When I left school, I travelled a little then went straight into administration work, but at 23yrs old, I decided I’d had enough of all that and wanted to train as a hairdresser. I couldn’t get onto the part-time hairdressing course because it was full so I went on to do the basic beauty course, strangely enough, I loved it so I went on to train in Level 2 and 3 techniques and then opened my own beauty studio up whilst I was on maternity leave with my son.

I’ve had four other businesses

So far, in my lifetime, other than The Lady Saddler, I have set up and run four other businesses: a dancewear company called Crystal Rivers Dancewear, an online Jewellery company called Parisaire Jewellery & Accessories, a Beauty Studio called Rivone Unisex Beauty Studio and then finally, an online handmade paper art business called Hunters Cottage Art, the later is still LIVE but I don’t do much with it these days and only really keep in touch with past customers.

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