Sir David backs Bury in Bloom

A LEGENDARY television interviewer with family links to Suffolk has given his backing to one of Britain's top award winning floral towns.Sir David Frost took time out from grilling politicians and celebrities to give a donation to Bury in Bloom and also put his name to an associated art trophy awarded to schoolchildren.

A LEGENDARY television interviewer with family links to Suffolk has given his backing to one of Britain's top award winning floral towns.

Sir David Frost took time out from grilling politicians and celebrities to give a donation to Bury in Bloom and also put his name to an associated art trophy awarded to schoolchildren.

Host of Frost On Sunday after 40 years in the industry, Sir David agreed to support the floral project when he was contacted by his sister Jean Pearson who lives in Bury St Edmunds.

She said: "Sir David has visited me in Bury before and he was pleased to be able to help Bury in Bloom. He has given a donation and agreed to sponsor the children's competition and we are hoping he may visit the town soon.

"But he is just so busy, I don't know if he will be able to come. He is in demand all the time and so many people want him to go to many different places, that we are not counting on him visiting.

"But we are so pleased that he has supported Bury in Bloom, it is another string to our bow."

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Mrs Pearson, who has lived in Bury on and off for five decades, said she had a close relationship with her brother who spends his Sunday mornings questioning top politicians and celebrities.

She revealed: "I just enjoy being his sister and we meet up when we can. We have been together a lot over the years but we haven't seen other too much recently - we just have to make appointments and book days.

"Our lives have gone in very different ways as I was overseas for 40 years before moving to Bury St Edmunds.

"But we have family get-togethers and we are very close. I always watch him on Sunday mornings to see what he gets up to."

Sir David started out as a reporter on Anglia television but his contract was not renewed when company executives thought he was not cut out for regional television.

Instead he embarked on a career, largely with the BBC, interviewing dozens of prime ministers, presidents and celebrities including Muhammad Ali and the Beatles.

As well as visiting his sister, Sir David is no stranger to Suffolk having attended the wedding of Ben Goldsmith and Kate Rothschild at St Mary's Church, Bury, in August.

He also opened hi-tech centre B Rosenberg Ltd, Mildenhall, in 2001 where his close friend Michael Rosenberg was company chairman.

Bury in Bloom committee member Brian Cash, who helped secure Sir David's involvement in this year's project, said: "We are very excited to have Sir David on board as it makes the children's award a famous one.

"We watch him every Sunday morning and it is nice to have someone so famous to support what we are doing.

"We are obviously hoping he will visit during Bury in Bloom and we would of course welcome him with open arms."

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