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Jessica Sansome

Good Morning Britain host Kate Garraway surprises co-star over special plan with Derek's family

Kate Garraway surprised her Good Morning Britain co-host when she suddenly revealed what she'll be up to this weekend before explaining the special plan. The presenter was back at the helm of the ITV news programme on Friday (April 21) alongside Adil Ray.

As they cracked on with the last jam-packed edition of the show of the week, Adil appeared confused when Kate suddenly changed the subject after an interview with Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth as she said: "I'm planting a tree this weekend."

Quickly turning in his seat, her co-star replied: "Well that was a nice handbrake turn there." Kate reassured her co-host that there was a reason for her comment as she expertly segued into a segment with weather presenter Laura Tobin.

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Explaining why, Kate, 55, said: "There's a reason. It may take some time to work out what it is but it always makes sense in my head. I'm planting a tree this weekend with some of Derek's family who are coming down so it's going to be a lovely moment planting a fruit tree and Laura says we should definitely be doing that."

Laura then explained how this weekend is important to demonstrate to support environmental protection, sharing: "Tomorrow is Earth day and theme this week is investing in our planet."

Kate's weekend plans comes after she enjoyed a rare night out with her husband Derek Draper earlier this week. The couple and their two children, Darcey, 17, and Billy, 13. The family headed to London's O2 arena to see Sir Elton John on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

While on stage, the superstar singer told fans in the crowd that Kate and her former political advisor husband Derek had endured "really tough times" following Derek's Covid ordeal which began in early 2020. "They’re inspiring," the 76-year-old said. "They’ve never given up and I’m so thrilled they’re here, I can’t believe they are here."

Kate surprised Adil with her plans (ITV)

He added: "I want to dedicate this song to the people I mentioned before, but especially to you guys." Sir Elton then sang Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me for the couple.

Days after the memorable moment, Kate shared a video to Instagram after she finally tracked down someone who managed to capture 76-year-old Sir Elton's dedication. "… so this was a moment. Finally found someone who had actually filmed it rather than just burst into joyous tears as we did!!!

"Still can’t quite believe we were there at all - even hours before we feared Derek would be too weak - but he was determined," Kate typed alongside the post.

"Yes Derek has been back in hospital this week & yes there’s such a long road ahead but #eltonjohn & @davidfurnish you gave the kids & Derek a moment that we will never forget and has lifted their spirits again to feel anything is possible. Thank you for your inspiring music and huge heart."

The TV and radio star added: "Thank you too to everyone else who made the impossible possible. All the carers, the #rocketentertainment team , the gang @theo2london who work so hard to make concerts like this accessible & @addisonleecabs who worked hard to find suitable transport. We are bursting with gratitude."


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