Gail Porter: Why I love Hull
TV PERSONALITY Gail Porter dropped into a Hull restaurant for a welcome escape from London life.
Gail, who presented Top Of The Pops and Live And Kicking in the 1990s, fell in love with the city's marina when she spent an evening here last year.
She came back to The Wilson restaurant in Freedom Quay for a change of scene.
"Being in London gets a bit crazy," she said.
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"The further north you go from London the friendlier people are.
"I think it's a very different atmosphere in London."
Gail, 41, was born in Scotland and the marina reminded her of home.
She first called at The Wilson for a dinner with a friend last year and enjoyed it so much she wanted to come back.
"The marina reminds me of being in Edinburgh," she said.
"Sometimes coming to a place like The Wilson and meeting people you can genuinely have a laugh with is what you need."
Gail has had a long and varied showbiz career.
After presenting children's shows including CITV, she became a regular model for lads mag FHM.
Her most famous picture was a raunchy shot projected onto the Houses of Parliament when she was in the running for the magazine's annual sexiest woman awards.
Gail has suffered from alopecia since 2005, which causes baldness.
"It was terribly scary at first because I had long blonde hair which I liked," she said.
"I kept it – I've still got it in a box. Now I'm quite happy being bald.
"I've got a blue wig and a pink wig but I just wear them for fun."
Gail is writing a children's book and has work planned with Channel Five series The Gadget Show.
She is also trying her hand at stand-up and will be involved in Comic Relief.
She said: "Ten years ago I was really busy but now writing takes up most of my time.
"Instead of reading other people's words I'm writing my own words, which I find much more fulfilling."