Our Yorkshire Farm's Amanda Owen reveals heart-breaking reason she hasn't left the UK in 20 years
OUR Yorkshire Farm's Amanda Owen has revealed the heart-breaking reason she hasn't left the UK in 20 years.
Amanda, 46, said that her last holiday abroad was in 2001, around the same time as the foot and mouth outbreak.
She told The Mirror: "I don't go on holiday. I guess it's just not conducive with our lives here and what we do.
"There is so much going on here with the animals and the tourists that it's not practical to go away on holiday."
The devastating disease caused a crisis in British agriculture and tourism, which saw 2,000 cases of the disease in farms across most of the British countryside.
Over 6 million cows and sheep were killed in an eventually successful attempt to halt the disease.
She explained: "Because of what happened (with foot and mouth disease), a lot of our sheep sadly had to be culled.
"We decided we needed to get away and heal from it. It was so horrible."
"We went to India as it was one of the only places we could go to in the middle of winter that was really hot."
Since then Amanda has opted for staycations admitting it may sound "boring" but she enjoys the idyllic break.
The-mum-of-nine takes her family to stunning locations in the UK to enjoy activities like swimming and horse riding.
Amanda recently spoke about the impact of losing her dad as a teenager.
In a candid video, Amanda said: “My name’s Amanda Owen and my dad died when I was 17.
“So, my dad was called Maurice, he was a giant of a man.
“He was six foot nine, he was just a real gentle giant.”
The TV star added: “We had a great relationship, but I suppose thinking about it now, I maybe would have made more of the time that we have together.
“If I’d known I was going to lose him at such a young age.
“So, if I could give one piece of advice or message to any children or young people out there who, sadly this year have lost parents, grandparents, relatives or friends.”
“I would just say, ‘Try and find it within yourself to talk about how you’re feeling'.
“Don’t keep those emotions all bottled up inside.”
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