THIS Morning’s Alison Hammond opened up about feeling “embarrassed” about her dad who used to smuggle drugs and carry a gun.
This Morning’s Alison Hammond opened up about her ‘naughty’ dadCredit: Eroteme
The TV star revealed that her dad used to travel between his native Jamaica and the UK, carrying drugs and wads of cash.
She revealed how Clifford was treated “like a king” in Jamaica and even carried a shotgun in his truck.
Alison shared one story of a time her dad landed back in Birmingham and showed up to her mum Maria’s home with a surprise.
“One day, he came straight to our house from the airport. ‘See these boots?’ he said, grinning down at his feet. ‘These are the most expensive pair of snakeskin boots in the world’,” she told the Mirror.
“‘Why are they so expensive?’ my mum asked. He bent down, unzipped a boot and a load of ganja fell out.”
Alison added: “That was my dad! Cliff was charismatic and charming, but he was naughty. He’d illegally bring drugs into the country in the days when people could get away with it, before they introduced sniffer dogs and body scans at the airport.
“I’m embarrassed to admit it, because I’ve never been remotely interested in drugs, but I remember him coming to our house and giving my mum a roll of money.”
“Thinking about it now, it was probably money earned from smuggling ganja. So shady.”
Clifford who had a business importing trucks did not shy away from success.
“My dad definitely had the lifestyle,” Alison added.
“Whenever we went out for a meal with him, he always paid. ‘Have anything you want,’ he’d say.
“He introduced us to Chinese food back when it was a luxury to have a Chinese takeaway.
“We had it every time he came and I became obsessed with it, to the point where I asked my mum, ‘Do you think Santa will bring me some Chinese food for breakfast, if I write and ask him?’
“I didn’t realise how amazing Santa was until that year when he delivered a cold Chinese meal – RESULT!”
Alison also revealed Clifford seemed like royalty whenever they went back to Jamaica.
“He was like a king when we visited him. You could tell by the way people spoke about him that he was respected and feared in the community,” she explained.
“They called him Mr Hammond and you could see the unease in their eyes when they spoke to him. I’m not surprised, either, because he drove everywhere with a massive shotgun tucked under his pick-up truck. He didn’t mess around.
“Me and Mum stayed in a hotel and my dad used to collect us most days and take us out and about. I’d sit in the back of the truck and Mum and Dad would be up front.”
Alison revealed she could not attend her dad’s funeral in Jamaica when he died in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic.
The TV personality said she feels a “sense of loss and emptiness” after her dad’s death in June 2020.
Sharing a picture of her father, Alison told fans: “This is my real Dad Clifford Hammond who passed away last week in Jamaica.
“I’m saddened that I won’t be able to make his funeral and saddened that he wasn’t part of my life as much as I would have liked but I still have a sense of loss and emptiness.
“Sleep well Daddy, love leaves a memory no one can steal . RIP.”
She revealed her dad Clifford used to smuggle drugs and carried a gunCredit: Social Media – Refer to Source
Alison lost her mum Maria just four months before Clifford diedCredit: Instagram
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