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Our This Morning family discuss dads ahead of Father's Day

With Father’s Day approaching, Phillip, Holly, Dermot and Alison took a moment to think about their dads and the father figures in their lives…

Holly Willoughby said, “My dad is amazing. Everything is ‘The Best’. That’s my dad’s motto - ‘This tea is the best.’ When we were kids we used to get the train to London and he would say, ‘Oh, it’s the best’. And he just has the most positive outlook on everything, everything is the best so I love that about him, because if you go through life thinking everything is the best, then you’re never disappointed are you?”

Phillip Schofield said, "My dad was a brilliant fly fisherman, and one of the best and final memories of my dad was when the whole family were together on the lawn and someone said, 'Well, how accurate are you Brian?' and he said, 'Oh, I'm pretty accurate', and we put a tiny side plate out on the lawn and he was fly fishing and he was just pinging the fly off the dish, and we moved it further away and he was still able to do it. He taught me - I'm not too bad - I haven't done it for a long time, but it is very mentally relaxing." 

Phillip continued, “My dad gave me my sense of humour, I aspire to be as good as him.” 

Alison Hammond said, “Sadly my dad passed away, but I’m really close to my step dad Clive who is a retired police officer and my son calls him Grandad. I love the way he is always there like a rock if ever I need him, even now since my mum has passed on. He’s still there to help out with Aidan when I need him.” 

Alison went on to add, “A super father figure in my life, I’m very lucky.”

Dermot O’Leary said, “My dad is a wonderful father to me and my sister. We get on really well and he's a proud Irishman who loves our national game, hurling! He came over from Ireland in the late sixties as a builder but my mum only told me the other day that he used to get up at 5am to study for an hour because he was also doing a business degree at the same time, but he got up that early so he could be with us when we woke up. He really is a lovely, warm, gentle, selfless man who let us make our mistakes and encouraged us in our choices so there was never anything to rebel against!”Dermot concluded, “If I can be a tenth of the man he is then I’d be very happy… and if I can pass any of that on to my son, that’s the greatest legacy and responsibility you can have as a parent isn’t it?"

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