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Palmer-Tomkinson impressed with work in Grays

High Sheriff’s highlight

A VISIT to Grays proved to be the highlight of the year for the High Sheriff of Essex.

Christopher Palmer-Tomkinson, visited the borough on Tuesday (27 November) during the 16 days of activism against violence to women and girls.

His trip started at the South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC) where he was met by Sheila Coates MBE who gave him an overview of the group’s work and viewed the artwork of the service user art group.

Mr Palmer-Tomkinson then moved on to the Thurrock Asian Association where he was warmly welcomed by Mayor, Cllr Yash Gupta and joined them for a lunch organised by Thurrock’s Racial Unity Support Taskgroup.

After lunch he went to the Royal Opera House Production Park in Purfleet and was given a tour by the Head of the Royal Opera House, Thurrock and Thames Gateway, Matt Lane.

Finally, the High Sheriff met Thurrock Council’s Youth Offending team for an insight into the working of the team.

Afterwards he said: “My day in Grays, Thurrock and Purfleet was one of the most interesting and enjoyable in this my year as a High Sheriff .

“A visit to SERICC , The Asian Trust and the Youth Offending organisation spoke loudly of the care and concern there is in Grays for people from all walks of life – some with difficulties and some without ,and so often given on a voluntary basis .

“Away from this a tour through The Royal Opera House’s production site was breathtaking. Together with the planned new university college, proposed expansion at Tilbury together with a heritage development in the old Passenger Terminal it is just so evident there is an abundance of creative energy on release here for those with a little bit of ambition and looking for opportunity.”

He added: “There is a light burning in this community. More people should be aware of it.”




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