Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Essex Tourism and Leisure Show

I went to one of my favourite annual trade shows again recently. It was the Essex Tourism and Leisure Show, which Carol Jolly organises every year.

For the third year running, it was held at the first rate hotel (now Crowne Plaza) at Tolleshunt Knights. I travelled by train to Witham, from where there was a courtesy coach to the hotel.

One of the joys of these shows is being able to chat with friends old and new. Long standing friends with whom I was able to socialise included Hugh Cairns; Annette Gallagher; Yvonne Hodson; Carol Jolly; and Chris Wales.

Afterwards, there was a short familiarisation visit to the fabulous Layer Marney Tower, where we were shown round by the owner, Nick Charrington.