TV’s Portillo takes a detour to jam plant

Gazette: TV’s Portillo takes a detour to jam plant TV’s Portillo takes a detour to jam plant

FORMER politician Michael Portillo’s travels along Great British railways have brought him to Tiptree.

The town is the home of John Joseph Mechi, the inventor and experimental farmer, who rebuilt Tiptree Hall and founded the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

Former Cabinet minister Mr Portillo arrived at Wilkin and Sons jam factory carrying his Bradshaw Guide dating from the 1880s, the descriptive railway handbook of Great Britain which mentions Mr Mechi.

During his visit, Mr Portillo spoke to Ian Thurgood, joint managing director of Wilkin and Sons about the life and work of Mechi.

They also visited the farm and jam museum where a gentleman’s travelling box is displayed.

Mr Thurgood said: “We have a small collection of Mechi memorabilia in the jam museum and we were also able to show Michael some original Mechi boxes from a private collection during his visit.

“Bradshaw had a keen eye for detail and we were delighted to be part of this special series that creates interest in life in Britain in the 1880s.”

The programme will be screened on Tuesday at 6.30pm on BBC 2.

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11:44pm Fri 24 Jan 14

amonynous says...

In the latest of his series "Great British Railway Journeys", Michael Portillo interviews two passengers who travelled on the 1849 inaugural journey on the Colchester to Norwich section of the line as they sit on a broken down train outside Manningtree. There is a touching moment when one of the pair tells Michael of his earnest hope to reach Norwich in time to take the return journey on the opening day of the third Crossrail extension, currently expected to open some time in late 2051.
In the latest of his series "Great British Railway Journeys", Michael Portillo interviews two passengers who travelled on the 1849 inaugural journey on the Colchester to Norwich section of the line as they sit on a broken down train outside Manningtree. There is a touching moment when one of the pair tells Michael of his earnest hope to reach Norwich in time to take the return journey on the opening day of the third Crossrail extension, currently expected to open some time in late 2051. amonynous
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8:55am Sat 25 Jan 14

whittle1 says...

Village, not town.
Village, not town. whittle1
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5:14pm Sat 25 Jan 14

totallyfootball says...

About right, the bloke is a prize plum!
About right, the bloke is a prize plum! totallyfootball
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5:39pm Sat 25 Jan 14

HARRY438 says...

Jammy.
Jammy. HARRY438
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3:54pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Im_Like_HELLO says...

Michael's series is one of the best and most under-advertised programmes on BBC (who are content to stuff down our throats trailers night after night for other trash on TV) and I am very much looking forward to tonight's episode.
Michael's series is one of the best and most under-advertised programmes on BBC (who are content to stuff down our throats trailers night after night for other trash on TV) and I am very much looking forward to tonight's episode. Im_Like_HELLO
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