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The Great British Bake Off Judge says she has 'mixed feelings' about turning 80 today.
Famous chef Prue Leith says, ‘It’s not going to depress me too much, but I don’t like the thought.
‘The long and short of it is I’m having a lovely life and I’d like a bit more of it please.’
While Prue has no plans to ease her workload, she admits, ‘I’d much rather be turning 70 or 60.
‘I don’t want to die, first of all. Everybody says age is just a number and, obviously, it’s true in a sense that you are only as old as you feel.
‘But there is also an inevitability about it… every year that passes.’
One thing that does worry Prue is that she won’t have time to tick off everything on her bucket list.
‘At the moment, I have a slight feeling of panic that I won’t be able to do all the things I want to do,‘ she says.
‘In fact, I know I won’t. I don’t like that very much.
‘However, it’s not enough to depress me. I don’t feel sad.’
On the contrary, Prue is a glass-half-full kind of person – something she credits to helping her feel young.
‘I have a much more positive, forward-looking attitude than a lot of people,’ she says.
‘I think that’s just luck. That and the energy that comes from being fairly healthy.
‘If you’ve got a lot of aches and pains, of course you want to sit down all the time.’
She adds, ‘If I’m ever ill, I just stop. I’m not being brave about anything.
‘If I’m not feeling well, then I don’t do anything.’
Thanks to the dreadful English weather, Prue is going to wait a while before properly celebrating her milestone birthday.
She says, ‘We won’t do it in February – February is a miserable time to celebrate.
‘In the summer, I’m going on holiday for a week in the Highlands on a little coal-fired puffer boat.
‘Ten really close friends are going to do that. Then I’m going to go for a week to a salmon river in the north of Scotland.’