JOURNALIST Alex Thomson is a familiar face on British TV as both presenter and chief correspondent for ITN’s Channel 4 News.
His family have been coming to, or living in, Whitby for several generations – though he himself made the grave error of being brought up in Basingstoke, just beyond Pickering.
In the latter role he has covered more than 20 global wars and conflicts over 20 years for the programme.
This year he has spent several weeks covering the unfolding revolutions in Tunisia and Libya and the tsunami disaster in north eastern Japan.
When not visiting his parents in Whitby to swim, surf, walk or just be there, he lives in Essex with his wife and twin sons.
Asked, aged six, where he would like to live if it couldn’t be Whitby, he said “Sandsend”.
He has seen no reason to change that decision in the intervening 44 years.
Editor Jon Stokoe asked Alex this week’s questions.
In The Hotseat
1 What are your first memories of Whitby?
Running along the beach holding my uncle’s hand singing Yellow Submarine circa 1966.
2 What makes Whitby special to you?
3 Life’s highlight?
Sudden arrival of twin boys in Middlesbrough one afternoon.
4 Biggest regret?
None – don’t do regret. Wasted journey.
5 What did you have for breakfast this morning?
A fresh argument with toast, coffee and cornflakes.
6 What is your favourite eating place?
7 What is your favourite pub?
The one where your next get-together with friends will be.
8 Where are the best fish and chips?
Inside me. In Whitby.
9 What is your worst habit?
10 Where was your last holiday?
Whitby, really – ask Joe Botham (April).
11 When was the last time you cried?
On the plane coming home from the Japanese tsunami.
12 What would be your ideal day in Whitby?
Sun, surf, North Beach Café, family, friends.
13 What was your first job?
Loading industrial laundry machines.
14 What is your favourite film?
In The Heat of the Night.
15 What is your favourite book?
The Rainbow – DH Lawrence.
16 If you won the Lottery, what would you do with it?
Panic then mismanage the entire situation.
17 Dracula or Captain Cook?
18 What is your signature dish?
Daddy’s Magic Sauce for my lads.
19 Favourite drink?
Home-pressed apple juice from the garden.
20 What would be your epitaph?
Where’s the chalet key?