My life through a lens: BBC News lead presenter Huw Edwards, 59, shares the stories behind his favorite snaps
Celebrities share the stories behind their favorite photos. This week, the BBC News lead presenter is Huw Edwards, 59.
BBC News lead presenter Huw Edwards, 59, has shared the stories behind his favorite photos
1965: I am here three and my sister Meinir about 18 months, with my mother Aerona and father Hywel. He was a schoolteacher, then head of Welsh language and literature at Swansea University, and died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 75. My mother, who has done all the work to educate us, is 84 and still lives in the family home in Llangennech. She is my biggest supporter and a constructive critic. A bad haircut or an unreliable tie will be commented on and she tries if I look too tired
1972: I love rugby, but I was a hopeless player. This is me from about ten years old in my primary school team [back row, middle]. My ambitions were prematurely destroyed, especially thanks to my father who kept saying that I was embarrassed. Later I became a good skier and canoeist, not that my father considered them valid sports. I hit him once with snooker, which gave me great satisfaction!
1973: This is the first indication that my future was in television. I’m on a Llanelli Boys Grammar Team [second left] take part in a quiz for HTV Wales where a wrong answer meant your train was shunted back into the tunnel – the ‘sin bin’. We won our first round, but lost with a whisker in the second of a school from Mold, a place I have hated ever since! Maybe that’s why quiz shows aren’t really my cup of tea
1981: I spent one of the best years of my life as a teaching assistant in the town of Neufchâteau in the Vosges region of France. Everyone knew each other. I was known as ‘le Gallois’ [the Welshman] – but only after I spent weeks correcting people who called me ‘l’Anglais’!
1988: Working as a political correspondent at Westminster for 14 years, I had a burning ambition to become the BBC’s political editor (my boss, the great John Cole, had told me this was my ‘natural destination’). But I took a different path, and this is me presenting from Broadcasting House, Cardiff. My lip curls as ex-colleagues mockingly to present; in most cases they are people who were never trusted by the BBC to direct really big programs
2018: A few years ago I saw a boxing gym in South London, but I was afraid to go in. I was overweight and felt low. I eventually gathered the courage and met Clinton McKenzie, a former British and European champion [pictured]. He is a very special man and gave me a fitness regimen that got me through a bad bout of depression and also lost weight. I managed to lose three stones in the first year
2019: I met so many veterans at this D-Day 75 event in Portsmouth. Most are modest and unassuming. My grandfather was a merchant seaman whose ship was torpedoed in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II, and he was held in a prisoner of war camp in Germany for three years. I always think of him at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, which I have been presenting for the past 18 years
2020: I never wanted a dog. I dreaded the walks and the moulting. But I gave in to the nagging of one of my sons – I have three boys and two girls – and now Mot is the heart of the family. He is a labrador retriever and can be neurotic, but he always waits when I come home at night and trundles to bed once we cuddle
As told to York Membery. Huw Edwards and Kirsty Wark are in the BBC’s election coverage on BBC1 on Friday.