Chinley’s Edwina Currie to star in Children in Need road trip

Edwina Currie and the classic Triumph Spitfire she drove on television
Edwina Currie and the classic Triumph Spitfire she drove on television
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Former MP Edwina Currie spent two days driving a classic car around the country in search of antique treasures to sell at auction for Children in Need.

Armed with £400 and joined by former Sunday Express editor Eve Pollard, the 67-year-old, of Chinley, took to the road in a 1978 Triumph Spitfire for a special episode of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip.

Lee Adams, of Peak Classic Drives in Chapel-en-le-Frith who owns the £4,500 orange sportscar, said the unusual proposition was set up by his parent company Great Escape Cars.

He said: “We thought it was brilliant, it’s nice to seeing other people enjoying my hobby. We’ve owned the car since February; me and my wife hired one in the Cotswolds and fell in love with it.”

“It was fun to drive,” said Edwina. “Driving her through Knutsford was great; I could get used to all the admiring glances! It’s a beautiful car. We felt like 1930s princesses! I was the only one who would drive it because Eve didn’t want to use a stick shift.”

The ex-health minister would not reveal how much they had raised for the annual appeal, saying readers would have to tune in. The programme, which was filmed in June, will air on BBC2 at 7pm tomorrow (Friday).