BBC weathergirl Rachel Mackley opens up about life in Kent It is a cliche, perhaps, that the role of local TV weathergirl is traditionally one of the most popular.
Not just for those clamoring for the opportunity of making a name for themselves in front of the cameras, but coach outlet tuscola il for viewers who can become rather, shall we say, attached. Whatever the reasons, the women who tell us about warm fronts and chilly breezes assume a special place in our culture. "I don't do it regularly, but I have Googled myself," admits the 30 year old, "and I was really embarassed with some of the things people had said about me. "I use Facebook and Twitter for work and I have got really thick skin so I don't let it bother me. I have a no reply policy if it makes me uncomfortable. People do say things I wouldn't repeat. "It can be really personal and can be a little unnerving but its weather girl territory. In truth, 85 per cent of the things people say to me are not weather related. But it's a privilege to do this job." The blonde mother of one has followed in the footstaps of Kaddy Lee Preston as the most high profile of weather presenters based at the Tunbridge Wells studios. Fame is, she admits, something she has had to get to grips with. "When I first started I felt I had to keep my personal and work life very separate and I came across rather two dimensional on screen," she admits, "I feel more comfortable now." As well as the scrutiny online, some of the gifts fans have sent her could be deemed a little odd. Among the more memorable were 12 pairs of tights and a plethora of baked goods. And she's not alone. Miss Mackley said: "Polly Evans [main anchor on BBC South East Today] definitely gets it. Sometimes it's very personal and inappropriate. "My friends think it's hilarious and say I should write a book on all the things I have been sent." She's even managed to make national headlines after a viewer rang into the BBC to complain about Miss Mackley showing "too much cleavage" on a morning bulletin. A BBC boss then told her to cover up. It was a story too good for the Sun to miss. Says Miss Mackley: "I felt like such a fool. It made me feel very vulnerable but I had to find a way to go out there and smile. "But it comes with the territory. It's just one of those things. I do not feel I need it to happen to affirm my sense of self." But Miss Mackley is an unlikely weathergirl. Starting out with aspirations of a career in art, she ended up attending university; mixing in the same circles as Prince William and Kate Middleton and attending dinner parties with the royal couple. Miss Mackley grew up in Yorkshire and began a degree studying fine art at Newcastle University. But her plans were abruptly put on hold when she found out she was pregnant at just 20 years old. The birth of her son Theo, who turned ten last month, meant she had to take a year out from uni and head back to Leeds to move in with her parents. Restarting her career, she took a job coach leatherware in public relations in Edinburgh, before embarking on a journalism career at Leeds Trinity and All Saints College with the help of an ITV bursary. After completion of the course she began an internship at ITV Yorkshire before a chance encounter led to a job at ITV Anglia as a newsroom journalist. Miss Mackley said: "I was sat next to a chap who I thought was coach outlet atlanta child in admin and I was being nice and making small talk. It turned out he was the head of news at ITV Anglia." He informed Miss Mackley of a job opening at the Norwich office and she was soon working in the fast paced environment of a newsroom. But the job came at a cost. Her son Theo was four at the time and just about to start school. Faced with the prospect of having to work early and late shifts, Miss Mackley made the difficult decision coach outlet store online free shipping to leave Theo with her parents in Leeds for a year. It gave him stability, and her the opportunity to kick start her career in a highly competitive environment. Travelling home each Friday night to spend the weekend with her son before they were eventually able to get a house to share together, it was in Norwich her career turn a turn towards the weather. "It was a really amazing newsroom," she says of her Norwich job, "and I was always kind of interested in weather. The opportunity came up to do one or two days a week and I really wanted to.
The weather side really developed." In 2011, a job became available in Kent and with all her friends living close by in London she decided to go for it. She said: "I was starting to specialise in weather so I needed to make a decision and I went for an interview.
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