Jane McDonald fights back tears as she pays emotional tribute to her 'hero' on Cruising the Med | The Sun
JANE McDonald fought back tears as she paid an emotional tribute to her 'hero' on Cruising the Med.
The 59-year-old was sailing around the Mediterranean on the Channel 5 show and stopped in at Naples in Italy.
However, Jane couldn't resist a trip over to the nearby island of Capri, telling viewers: "This should be the end of my cruise, but over there is Capri, and I have just found out they do a trip to Capri.
"I have always wanted to go to Capri to see Gracie Fields' house, really!"
Jane was immediately impressed by the island, saying: "Ain't it pretty, I didn't expect this! I don't know what I expected from Capri, but it wasn't this!"
Jane then met up with Gracie Fields superfan Seb, who told her: "Gracie was responsible for putting Capri on the map, and her fame attracted many to the club and restaurants she built here.
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"She set up her home, set up her restaurant, and the thing she said she hated about Capri was the fishing ships.
"Because of the cruise ships, she would send her restaurant staff over in little dingy and say Gracie would sing a song for a leg of bacon."
The pair then reached Gracie's grave, and Seb said: "Gracie died in September 1979, and the waiters from her restaurant carried the coffin here, and that is where she is buried."
Jane was immediately emotional and gasped, before saying tearfully: "Awwww, oh. Oh, bless, bless her.
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"Gracie has been woven in and out of my life for quite some time, and to actually be here and pay my respects, I feel very close to her right now."
Gracie was multi-talented and was known for her singing, acting and comic timing.
She was one of the top 10 film stars in Britain in the 1930s and was beloved for never losing her strong Lancashire accent.
She received a Damehood just seven months before her death in September 1979 at the age of 81.
Jane McDonald: Cruising the Med is available to watch on My5.
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