Former Home and Away star Kate Ritchie makes a nostalgic return to ‘Summer Bay’

Kate Ritchie makes a nostalgic return to ‘Summer Bay’ where she rose to fame as a child star on Home and Away following her drink-driving saga

Former Home and Away star Kate Ritchie was feeling nostalgic over the weekend and returned to her old stomping ground, Palm Beach.

Palm Beach is used for beloved soap’s exterior scenes in order to depict the fictional coastal town of Summer Bay. 

The 44-year-old, who first rose to fame on the beloved series playing Sally Fletcher, posted a photo of herself taking in the views and lapping up the sun. 

Former Home and Away star Kate Ritchie was feeling nostalgic over the weekend and returned to her old stomping ground, Palm Beach. Palm Beach is used for beloved soap's exterior scenes in order to depict the fictional coastal town of Summer Bay

Former Home and Away star Kate Ritchie was feeling nostalgic over the weekend and returned to her old stomping ground, Palm Beach. Palm Beach is used for beloved soap’s exterior scenes in order to depict the fictional coastal town of Summer Bay 

She wore a black baseball cap, T-shirt and a matching black hoodie draped over shoulders as she hiked up to the area’s famous lighthouse.

The Australia’s Got Talent judge made reference to her past as a child star in the post.

‘Heading home and filling my cup today,’ Kate the photo. 

The radio star was confirmed to return to her regular co-hosting gig on Nova FM’s Kate, Tim & Joel drive-time show on Monday. 

The radio star was confirmed to return to her regular co-hosting gig on Nova FM's Kate, Tim & Joel drive-time show on Monday following her drink-driving saga

The radio star was confirmed to return to her regular co-hosting gig on Nova FM’s Kate, Tim & Joel drive-time show on Monday following her drink-driving saga

Despite industry murmurs Kate could be replaced by Ricki-Lee Coulter following her drink-driving charge, a network spokesperson confirmed this was not the case. 

Kate blew over the limit after she was stopped by police in her blue Subaru station wagon for a random breath test on August 22.

She was immediately arrested and taken to Maroubra Police Station, where she underwent a secondary breath analysis which returned a positive reading of 0.06, just a shade over the legal limit of 0.05.

The 44-year-old posted this photo on Saturday with her co-presenters Tim Blackwell (left) and Joel Creasey (right) celebrating her return to work

The 44-year-old posted this photo on Saturday with her co-presenters Tim Blackwell (left) and Joel Creasey (right) celebrating her return to work

Kate was fined $600 on the spot and suspended from driving for three months.

She has since apologised for her actions and said she made a ‘poor decision’.

‘Recently I undertook a random breath test. Although it was low level, the test came back positive,’ she wrote on Instagram.

Kate blew over the limit after she was stopped by police in her blue Subaru station wagon for a random breath test on August 22. Despite industry murmurs Kate could be replaced with Ricki-Lee Coulter following the charge, a network spokesperson confirmed this was not the case

 Kate blew over the limit after she was stopped by police in her blue Subaru station wagon for a random breath test on August 22. Despite industry murmurs Kate could be replaced with Ricki-Lee Coulter following the charge, a network spokesperson confirmed this was not the case

‘I made a poor decision and there is no doubt I understand the seriousness of my actions. I am truly sorry.’

Kate was stopped by police for a random breath test at 2.45pm on Heffron Rd in Pagewood on the day of the incident.

A police spokesman told Daily Mail Australia: ‘She was issued with an infringement notice for the offence of Drive with Low Range Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol and issued a Licence Suspension Notice.’

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