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Alison Hammond reveals how her mother's job protected her from racist bullies growing up

Danny Thompson
·Contributor
·2-min read
Alison Hammond is to front a programme for ITV's Black History Month programming. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/WireImage)
Alison Hammond is to front a programme for ITV's Black History Month programming. (Jeff Spicer/WireImage)

Alison Hammond has revealed she was protected from racism growing up due to her mother’s job – despite living in an area with a strong National Front presence.

The This Morning star is best known to TV viewers for her bubbly character and fun-loving nature.

However, fans saw another side of her earlier this year when she spoke emotionally of her concerns regarding racism following the death of George Floyd at the hands of US police.

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Her open and candid views on the subject have seen the former Big Brother star land a new project, Alison Hammond: Back to School, which will see her telling the story of some of Britain’s black historical figures as part of Black History Month.

In a recent interview promoting the project, the 45-year-old Birmingham native told of growing up in Kingstanding, an area in the north of the city with a strong National Front presence.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23:  Alison Hammond from This Morning with the award for Daytime programme at the National Television Awards 2018 at The O2 Arena on January 23, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Alison Hammond with an award at the National Television Awards 2018. (Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

However, the star has said she and her family were not harassed, because of the job her mother had.

She told The Guardian: “My mum was a Tupperware manager and she got on with all the mums.

“I was talking with my brother about it the other day, and he said that a lot of boys would pick on him, but when they found out who his mum was they left him alone.

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“She was connected to all the mums in the area because of her job. I was in a National Front area but I always felt safe. It was bizarre.”

Hammond’s new project will see her tell the story of people such as Walter Tull, a former professional footballer who fought and died in the First World War, and Mary Seacole, a nurse during the Crimean War.

Alison Hammond: Back to School airs at 9pm on ITV on 6 October.