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Stroud & Proud – Sally Watkins: kissing Tom Jones, Julia Roberts and missing out on Concorde


Sally Watkins has lived in Stroud for 55 years after moving from Staffordshire at the age of four.

Sally met her husband Kevin at primary school, they have been married for 38 years and run K.W. Electrical Ltd. Sally worked as a dental nurse for Mr Rens and later became a veterinary nurse.

Family is paramount to Sally, with two grown-up daughters and four grandchildren. Her absolute passion is horses, having been an owner for 30 years.

We put Sally Watkins under the spotlight

When are you at your happiest?  

On holiday somewhere where the sea is warm, and I can snorkel until my heart’s content!  The Red Sea is one of my all-time favourites. 

What has been the scariest moment in your life?  

Dec 30th 2020,  When I got a phone call to say my daughter had had a horrific horse fall and was badly injured. She spent 2 days in Gloucestershire hospital, 
and with Covid restrictions, I was not allowed in with her even though she had been completely knocked unconscious.

What was your biggest disappointment? 

Not having taken the opportunity to fly in Concord before she was grounded.

What is your guiltiest pleasure? 

A cheeky glass of Cointreau mixed with a dash of lemonade and plenty of ice – lush.

Who is the most famous person in your phone? 

Tom Jones, when we met in Vegas, swapped numbers… Don’t seem to be able to get through now. Still got the photos though …. That famous Kiss!

What is your favourite smell?  

Basil, sat in the Kitchen window… I just LOVE it!

Who would play you in a film about your life?  

Hmmm…. Would have to be Julia Roberts…… It would be a laugh all the way through!

What do you like most about living in the Stroud area? 

The freedom of the Commons, Rodborough, Minchinhampton, and Amberley we are just SO LUCKY to have them on our doorstep! 

What would you improve about Stroud?  

Potholes. I hate the way our local roads have deteriorated so badly – shame on our council.

What’s your ideal weekend?

Oh, easy one,  Hot tub, bubbles and a BBQ in that order and with sunshine chucked in for good measure!

What is on your bucket list?  

Visiting as many countries around the world as I can…. I adore travelling!

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Never take life for granted, you only live once. Live life to the full!!

What book and song would you take with you if stranded on an inhabited Island?

All Creatures Great & Small, by James Herriot.  Given my love for all animals, they are my absolute passion hence my job as a veterinary nurse! 
I will survive, by Gloria Gaynor…. Totally CLASS!!!! 

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