This Morning's Alice Beer holds back tears as she takes daughter to Newcastle University

By Simon Duke

This Morning presenter Alice Beer said she was just about 'holding it together' Wednesday as she took daughter Dora to start university in Newcastle.

Like many other parents, Alice is preparing for the onset of 'empty nest syndrome' as Dora and twin sister Phoebe both move out of the family home to start their degrees.

And, while Dora is staying in the same country, Phoebe is moving to Dublin.

Alice and Dora joined This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby live via video call from a service station near Leicester as they made the long journey to Tyneside, with Dora telling them: "Heading to Newcastle now. Two hours down, three hours to go!"

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Asked how she felt about her daughter moving to the other end of the country to study, former Watchdog star Alice said: "She (Dora) has been packed for about a week. She couldn't get out the door fast enough...just saying!

"I'm holding it together. I've been so, so busy over the past week, just packing and organising things because Dora's twin sister is off to Dublin and they both move into their respective universities on the same day."

This Morning host holds back tears as daughter moves to Newcastle (ITV)

Alice was the first caller on This Morning's phone-in about parents coping with an 'empty nest' and after Holly said to her: "Next week is when it'll get tough," Alice admitted she was desperately trying not to cry as she replied: "Yes, it'll be when I get home and walk past their bedroom does and say good night to them and they won't be there!"

She then willed Holly and Phillip to give her plenty of jobs over the coming weeks to take her mind off things.

Assuring Alice that Dora will thoroughly enjoy Newcastle, one Geordie viewer told her: "Dora will love our city of Newcastle, both my daughters were in newcastle, one on

@NorthumbriaUni & other @NewcastleUniversity & graduated this year for 2021 & 2020, the Geordies will look after her. Enjoy the Toon Dora."

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