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Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2015 - meet the host

PUBLISHED: 17:06 29 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:06 29 September 2015

Valerie Singleton

Valerie Singleton

Northcliffe Media Ltd.

2015 sees the return of the Hampshire Life Food & Drink awards for the 10th year, and it is set to be the biggest yet. Taking place at The Elvetham Hotel, Hartley Wintney on Wednesday, November 25, 6:30pm – midnight

This year’s Hampshire Life Food & Drink Awards ceremony is set to be a wonderful evening thanks to our very glamorous and talented compère, Valerie Singleton. Leaving our ten year anniversary celebrations in Valerie’s capable hands, we have no doubt that the evening will be a night to remember.

During her early twenties, Valerie became one of the top voice-over artists in television commercials, worked as an actress for five years in the theatre and television, fronted several television advertising campaigns and then became a household name presenting much loved programmes including Blue Peter, Nationwide, Val Meets the VIPs, Tonight, Tonight in Town and the hard hitting Money Programme - and not forgetting the memorable Blue Peter Special Assignments, all for BBC Television followed by PM for BBC Radio 4. Additionally, she has made many guest appearances on the nation’s favourite TV shows and went on to present programmes on such diverse topics as travel, history, alcohol abuse, violence in present day society and a game show.

Besides her broadcasting work, Valerie finds time to host numerous corporate conferences, DVDs, awards ceremonies and has fronted many advertising campaigns - McCain’s Oven Chips, Chef and Brewer, Mobility Scooters and Barchester Retirement Homes to name but a few. Valerie has promoted CBeebies, Ladybird Books, Children’s Safety with ROSPA and Age Concern. She has also made a wonderful niche in travel writing with the national press and popular magazines, as well as finding time to support several Charities.

Valerie has filmed with Hollywood stars, politicians, captains of industry and royalty, as well as many children and unforgettable animals, but has always managed to do so with great charm, aplomb and total professionalism.

Her life’s work has been honoured twice, firstly by This is Your Life, which the public watched avidly and then being bestowed with an OBE, by Her Majesty the Queen.

Valerie knows the county well, despite living over the border in Dorset, having had a boat down in Hayling Island for many years. She has hosted many awards ceremonies in her time, including our sister magazine’s Dorset Food and Farming Awards, and is very much looking forward to meeting Hampshire’s food stars at the ceremony. She says: “I really enjoy doing these awards - it is a great evening and wonderful to see everybody working together and supporting each other. When I lived in London, I was a big foodie and I still enjoy going out to eat locally.” Perhaps we can tempt her over the border once she sees the huge amount of talent on offer in Hampshire too!

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