AN investigation has revealed 54 people fell ill after attending the Colchester Oyster Feast.

The report reveals the oysters to blame for the sickness were imported from Ireland.

A total of 200 guests attended the civic event at Colchester’s Moot Hall last October.

Within days, 13 guests reported they were unwell and an investigation was launched by Public Health England.

Questionnaires were sent out and 54 people reported they had been sick, including Colchester Council chief executive Adrian Pritchard.

The report, seen by the Gazette, but not publicly available, found oysters were the likely cause of the outbreak.

For the full report, see this week's Essex County Standard.