An Interview with Suzy Q

In a series of interviews over the next few weeks we will be chatting to a number of people that live in, have lived in or visit Tenerife on a very regular basis.  You may know some of them, and after their interviews you may want to know some of them better!  Either way, we hope you will find out some interesting things as you read through …

First in the spotlight is a lady called Sue Havenhand, perhaps better known here as Suzy Q!

Suzy QHow long have you lived/did you live in Tenerife?

I have been here for just over 12 years, I moved right after Princess Diana’s tragic death, and watched the funeral here, it was very poignant how everyone stopped their holiday for a couple of hours to pay their respects.

Where do you call home, here or where you were born and why?

Oddly, even after all this time I still call the UK my home.  I refer to UK trips as “going home” and returning to Tenerife as “going back”.  If home is where the heart is, then mine remains in Yorkshire and always will.

Now that you live on a Holiday Island, what is your favourite Holiday destination?

Somewhere WITHOUT sun sand and sea.  I’ve always fancied Greenland, especially at Christmas time.  Or the Swiss Alps, not necessarily to ski, just to tramp around in the snow then have a drinky by a roaring fire.

Describe your best memory since living in Tenerife?

For my 40th birthday a gang of us went on the Thomson Destiny cruise around the Canaries, Madeira and Morocco.  It was just the most fantastic week!  I have very good friends here.

Suzy Q at Grand Holidays ClubWhat do you enjoy doing in your spare time? (keep it clean)

Well in all honesty I don’t have much.  I am out singing 3 or 4 nights per week, I write for The Paper (although it is not being published at this moment in time), I am completely committed to the plight of Live Arico animal refuge and its quest to secure land for a rescue centre, I study Spanish at the language school 2 or 3 afternoons per week, and on top of that I have a home to run and a 9 year old son to look after.  The odd spare weekend afternoon would be spent with my husband and son on the beach.

Which is your favourite Tourist Attraction?

I think Siam Park is just outstanding and I for one feel fortunate that we have it here in Tenerife.  I would love to see Tenerife as a European answer to Florida and the more attractions like this one the better in my opinion.

Where would you say was the best place to eat and/or drink in Tenerife?

As my husband only has one night off per week, it’s very rare for us to go out for a meal, so I haven’t even tried some of the best restaurants here.  One that I love though, and it’s quite close to home too, is the Tapas Restaurant on Golf del Sur.  It has everything, ambience, fantastic views, lovely staff and of course great food.  Love it.

What has been your biggest challenge since you arrived on the Island?

Of course when you first move here it’s difficult to become established as a singer and break into the circuit, so that was a challenge in itself.  This was made easier though by my lifelong friend Mike Carlton, compere of St Eugene’s Bar in San Eugenio.  He really made a lot of in roads for me.

The Live Arico 2010 CalendarIs there something that you would really like to achieve within the next 5 years?

I am Vice President of Live Arico Animal Protection, a charity which funds a refuge holding some 230 dogs at the moment in unsuitable surroundings.

We have just released 2010 calendars which kick starts a campaign to raise enough money to buy land on which to build a rescue centre and a home for Eugenio who is sleeping in his car at the moment as there are so many dogs in the refuge – there is just no room for him.

We would like to achieve this as soon as possible, I would hope WELL within 5 years.

Tell us something that that few people will know about you.

I have a non life threatening heart condition called Supra Ventricular Tachycardia which sends my heart rate soaring to almost 200 beats per minute for no good reason – it’s like an electrical short circuit if you will.

It happens maybe 5 or 6 times a month, but if its whilst I’m on stage I can’t slow it down myself and it causes a problem as my blood pressure drops very low causing me to go a bit light headed.  It’s a nightmare as I know I need to get off and sort it out, but if I walk off it looks like a big drama, especially if you mention the word heart, as everyone starts panicking, and it’s really no big deal.

Tony Blair had the same thing but had an operation to eradicate the faulty circuit.  I may have to consider this at some point but I’ve managed ok since it started in my teens.  It’s just a nuisance I could do without!!

Well, that’s it for this time.  Thank you, Sue for being our first in the series and for taking time out of what is clearly a very busy schedule that you have.  If you enjoyed this article why not check out where Suzy Q is singing I know you won’t be disappointed, she has a fabulous voice.  If you get chance to speak to her at the Gig let her know you read about her at The Beach in Tenerife.

(If you would like to be considered for inclusion in this series, please leave a comment to let us know and we will get in touch with you)

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