Kate Garraway takes family on 'bittersweet' holiday to Cornwall

-Credit: (Image: Instagram)
-Credit: (Image: Instagram)


TV star Kate Garraway has spoken of her “bittersweet” holiday in Cornwall - five months after the death of husband Derek Draper. The Good Morning Britain presenter has taken her children to the Duchy in what she described as an “annual tradition”.

Kate shared a video with her Instagram followers which showed her packed car before she and her family headed to Cornwall. The mum-of-two explained the holiday was “bittersweet” as the vehicle would have been perfect for her husband to travel in with her, due to the Volvo having “plenty of room for a hoist and wheelchair in the back”.

Mr Draper died at the age of 56 in January, after battling extreme complications from Covid. Despite her mixed emotions, Garraway shared her excitement for the trip, after not having owned a car since her previous Volvo was stolen in 2020.

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In an Instagram video, Garraway said: “So, first trip to Cornwall, our annual family trip, with mum, dad, about 30 other Garraways - beware Cornwall. The first time I have done it in my lovely new Volvo, so excited.”

And she joked: “So we have got four suitcases, for four adults, we’ve got quite a lot of extra food because they don’t sell food in Cornwall, so it’s important we take it with us. And we have a cool box full of lots of things for the fridge, my mum likes to take, a little bit of alcohol, and lots of art stuff that my mum likes to do with the nieces and nephews and the little ones.

“So, we’re good to go. I can still see over the back. Oh, gosh, I forgot, three surfboards as well. Brilliant.”

In order to honour the occasion, the 57-year-old asked fans for their help in naming her new ride. She said on social media: “We haven’t had a car since Vickie Volvo was stolen and Percy Peugeot had to go back but thanks to some amazing friends who’ve helped me loan a brand new @volvocaruk C90 - I absolutely love it! Not an advert, just a passion.

“Feels like old times with hands on an @volvocars wheel, although bitter sweet as this would have been the perfect car to carry Derek in and out of with plenty of room for a hoist and wheelchair in the back.

“But I know he would approve and it’s come just in time to take my mum and dad away on our annual Cornwall trip with all the Garraways. Dad slightly tense about me driving but relieved that it beeps everytime near an obstacle. Now just have to find a name for it? Hope everyone is having a lovely Saturday xxx.”

Fans rushed to comment on the post, suggesting Garraway honour her late husband by naming the car after him. One person wrote: “You should call the car Derek as he would have loved it , and hope you and Darcey and Billy and the rest of the family have a brilliant chilled relaxed holiday you all deserve x.”

Another person said: “Hope you all have an amazing time together OK so name for Volvo so as you have already said Derek would have approved and like it there you go name it after Derekxx.”.

A third posted: “Have a fabulous time, call the car after Derek x,” while a fourth social media user said: “If you had a nickname for Derek that might be a good one.”

Yet another fan of the ITV presenter posted: “A name with Derek in mind would be nice.” Garraway gave fans a video tour of her new car featuring her father, who could be seen standing beside the boot.

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