Wellingborough travel agent bids bon voyage after 34 years

Chelsea Harrion, William Woolhouse, Stacey Holyomes, Shannon Tysoe, Angela Miller, Kylie Flaunty and Sue Greenwood

Chelsea Harrion, William Woolhouse, Stacey Holyomes, Shannon Tysoe, Angela Miller, Kylie Flaunty and Sue Greenwood

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A travel agent has booked herself some rest and relaxation after more than 30 years sending people off around the world on holiday.

Carole Abbott was showered with gifts and cards from colleagues and customers on her last day at Thomas Cook in the Swansgate Centre, Wellingborough, last week.

Mrs Abbott said: “I have had some wonderful times, it’s been a blast.

“It’s amazing when you look back, I can’t believe where the time has gone.

“I am going to miss it so desperately.”

Mrs Abbott left school and took up a job at Lloyds bank before going on to work at both Gatwick and Heathrow.

Thirty four years ago, she started working at Frames Travel before it was taken over by Thomas Cook.

She said: “I have always been into travel.

“When I first started, there were no computers at all, it was all charts and the telephone.

“It was terribly straight forward and basic.

“People would have much more guidance by us because you couldn’t Google it or go to Trip Advisor.

“But there is still very much a need for a travel agent.”

Mrs Abbott’s top three places in the world are Mauritius, Malaysia and Canada.

But despite having a passion for travelling, the senior sales consultant said: “I have loved coming to work. I could probably count on two hands the days I didn’t want to come to work.”

Caroline Jones, cluster manager for Thomas Cook, said: “We will miss her passion and her dedication, she was Thomas Cook through and through.

“Her colleagues all absolutely adore her, they think the world of her.

“She will be missed massively. We wish her a very happy retirement.”