Parador Travel was an independent London agency located in Fleet Street, opposite St Dunstans in the West.
I worked there from 1980 until 1998 when the Business Travel section moved to City Road.
The mainstay of the shop in the mid-90's were these fine ladies, Carole O'Brien, Christine Fahey, Tracey Elliott and Janet Port. Sadly Christine passed away whilst on holiday a year or so later at a comparatively young age. Still missed by the rest of us.
The agency was later sold to a chain, and one by one we all moved on.
However, we still have reunions from time to time, this being one in 2003.
Alongside myself is Carole [by now remarried] Short, and Colin Tait. Behind are Anne Xxxxx, Sandra Bosch, Peter Walker and Janet Port. It must be the onset of Alzheimer's makes me forget Anne's surname [it was foreign-sounding]
Peter was our accountant and regrettably died in 2005.
I am still avoiding the Grim Reaper!
Here are some of the ladies again for our latest reunion.
Tracey Elliott, Janet Port, Anne Andiç [no wonder I couldn't remember her name previously!] and Lisa Young [nowadays married and a Holbrook-Young].
A Parador bag appears at the back to remind us of the good old days.
|There are others that we no longer are in contact with but are remembered just the same.|
Who could forget one of our former juniors Dermot Shanahan, seen here holding our much-loved sticky letter board.
| And here is Tracey Large who by marrying a chap called Greenhouse, gave rise to a famous newspaper announcement under the heading Large - Greenhouse.|
Janet lurks in the background.
| To the left is Penny Galvin from Blackfen, therefore nicknamed Blackfen Pen.|
To the right we have Alan Kelson who started working for Parador even before I arrived there in 1980.
|Here Christine and I indulge in one of our favourite pastimes, eating.|
Parador staff always enjoyed 'Bun Days', an institution started by the founders of the agency Mira & Tony Rocca.