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The celebrity soprano, 65, remains one of the UK’s finest singing talents. Noted for her ability to crossover genres from opera to pop, Garrett is widely respected within the music industry. The singer, who appears on Love Your Weekend With Alan Titchmarsh today, weighed-in on the nation’s decision to leave the European Union.
Garrett, who starred on the first-ever season of Strictly Come Dancing 17 years ago, explained her thoughts about Brexit.
She claimed to have always been “really interested in politics” and was an avid viewer of Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs).
The star was asked what she would have done had she not pursued her dreams of becoming a singer.
Garrett, who earned 10 O levels – now GCSEs – and two A levels, one of which was in music, claimed she could have gone into politics.
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She said: “I probably would have pursued a career as a politician!”
Garrett admitted to being fascinated by the Brexit debates but expressed some concerns about the repercussions of leaving the bloc.
In 2017, she told Wirral Life: “It is such a scary but exciting time in politics with the whole Brexit situation.”
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Garrett revealed she voted Remain in the 2016 EU referendum but was optimistic about the future.
The vote ended with 52 percent of the UK voting for Brexit and more than 72 percent of the public turning out to cast their ballot.
Garrett explained: “Although I voted to stay in Europe, I have complete faith in the democratic system.”
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She claimed her hopeful attitude stemmed from a popular Yorkshire saying – where the star was born, in Thorne, Doncaster.
Garrett revealed her inspiration came from the phrase: “Spit on your hands and take a fresh hold.”
In a 2019 interview with the Saffron Walden Reporter, she revealed it referred to being strong and pushing forward.
Garrett explained it as “needing some Yorkshire grit” in an anecdote where her mother sent her an envelope “full of little pebbles” to toughen her up.
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In response to Brexit, she said she would “take that approach” and looked to find the positives rather than the negatives.
Garrett spoke again about the nation’s decision to leave the EU ahead of her 2019 headline performance at the Wight Proms, in the Isle of Wight.
She told County Press that she was excited to perform some of Britain’s biggest hits and hoped to “uplift” the nation.
Garrett was particularly keen for the Proms finale, where fans are encouraged to wave the British flag.
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She felt it was what the country needed after Brexit – “whether it went ahead or not”, the County Press added.
Garrett said: “It is very good to be healthily patriotic in these difficult times, of Brexit and so forth.”
She argued that in times of “uncertainty” it was “important to rally the community”.
Garrett believed “uplifting, rousing music” helped to “send the message” that the nation could be “strong and resourceful”.
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She said that feeling would transcend whether “we leave or remain” in the EU.
Garrett argued that the upbeat music, flag-waving and patriotism “helps us pull together”.
She professed her love for “singing outdoors”, feeling it was “quintessentially British” and would reunite the UK after Brexit.
Garrett added: “I love looking out over people picnicking, drinking fizz, waving flags, children running around and maybe experiencing seeing an orchestra for the first time.”
Lesley Garrett and Dawn Steele star on Love Your Weekend With Alan Titchmarsh, which airs at 10am Sunday on ITV.