Mary Berry has revealed she underwent surgery for a broken hip after tripping over in her garden.

The former Great British Bake Off host, 86, spent 10 days in hospital after a fall in August.

She told the Daily Mail's Weekend magazine that she tripped over some bricks while picking sweet peas in her garden.

Berry said she called her husband Paul who did not answer while watching a cricket match before her son-in-law Dan came to the rescue.

She recounted: "He saw me and said, 'I'll get an ambulance'. I said, 'Oh, no, I'm fine', but he overruled me. He rang for the ambulance and they said, 'We're very, very busy'. It was Sunday afternoon and there were lots of football injuries and whatever.

"We waited for three-and-a-half hours, until 6pm, and quite right too! I was perfectly happy.

"There may have been a road accident. I quite understood that they were busy and Dan was caring for me. He kept me chatting."

Berry said her husband was shocked to see her eventually leave in an ambulance.

She added: "They took me to the Royal Berkshire Hospital and they were so good at explaining. One foot was turning out and they said I'd broken my hip."

Berry, who had polio as a child, underwent surgery the next morning and revealed doctors repaired her old hip rather than giving her a new one.

"And oh, they were all lovely!" she added.

Source: Press Association

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