Date: 6 January 2018
Originally published in: News & Star (UK)
Popstar Kim Wilde celebrated Christmas in Cumbria and revealed she wants to make the county her permanent home.
She came up to Cumbria with husband Hal Fowler, daughter Rose and their Airedale Terrier Beau to visit Hal’s parents who live near Derwentwater. The couple are regular visitors to the area from their home in Hertfordshire and made the journey this time after Kim headlined the Wilde Wild Xmas Show in Manchester, performing alongside other stars of the Eighties such as Toyah and Carole Decker.
The 80s popstar, who had top five hits with Kids In America, Chequered Love and You Keep Me Hangin On, posted a photograph of the Christmas lights in Keswick on Boxing Day with the caption: Christmas in magical Keswick. That was followed the next day with a moody shot of the Castlerigg Stone Circle and a heart emoji next to the word Cumbria.
She said: “Castlerigg is one of the most beautiful places in the world. We were up for a week and spent most of the time walking, to Watendlath and up Barrow and round Derwentwater. It is a great way to eat a lot of food and not feel quite so guilty about it! We had a great time, my God it looks so beautiful with all the snow on the hills. Watendlath is a bit of a tradition. The first time I did that walk, I was pregnant with my daughter Rose who is 18 now. It is not too difficult and it is a beautiful, beautiful walk.”
Kim loves the area, but she is also a huge fan of Keswick and its shops.
She said: “I love walking round the lake and shopping in Keswick. I often get a lot of presents for the family from Keswick. I love all the shops in Keswick and I love how dog-friendly it is and we really enjoyed the market. We had a great time. I love the Lakes. It’s where we are going to take ourselves when we retire in 10 years time and live with our Airedales.”
The couple journeyed back down south on December 29 and hosted a party at their home at their home and to celebrate Hal’s 50th birthday. And she had a special present for him, from Cumbria: “I got him a beautiful jumper from the Norwegian jumper shop. It is one of our favoruite shops in Keswick.”
Kim launches a new album, called Here Come The Aliens later this month and a new single, Pop Don’t Stop. That will be followed by her first UK tour in 30 years, starting at the end of March.