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Colchester Lecture 2011 - Esther Rantzen

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On Wednesday we were pleased to be able to attend the Colchester Lecture at the Mercury Theatre, which Birkett Long has sponsored for some years now.

The speaker this year was Esther Rantzen, who spoke entertainingly about her life in the media and how she came to set up the charity ChildLine.  Esther’s talk was filled with stories and anecdotes involving Princess Di, Joan Collins, her late husband Desmond and many more. We got some insight into how ChildLine operates behind the scenes – it was clear that Esther cares deeply about every child that has the courage to call.

As the firm’s main event coordinator I’ve been very lucky to have attended many of the Colchester Lectures over recent years, including Simon Weston OBE, Michael Fish and Dame Tanni Grey Thompson.   Many people may not realise though, that the event is open to the public, so make sure you get a ticket next year! I can’t wait to hear who the speaker will be!