Travel agent closes down

Alan Robson

A well-known travel agency which bought Concorde to Cornwall has bid farewell to its customers following the death of the company’s owner at the end of February.

After trading for over 20 years Wickers World Travel, which had offices in Newquay and Wadebridge, closed its doors for the final time on Friday (April 9).

The move follows the death of Wickers’ owner, Alan Robson.

Speaking on behalf of the Robson family, Alan’s daughter, Heather Perrin, said: “This has been an extremely sad time for us and making the decision to close Wickers was one of the most difficult that we have had to make.

“Dad was well-known and highly respected in Newquay for being a successful businessman, a charity fundraiser and a keen supporter of his local community.

“Unfortunately we found ourselves in a position where we were unable to carry on with the business in the manner that Dad wanted.

“Even though it’s a distressing time we’d like to focus on the achievements that Wickers has made over the last 20 years, as well as say a big thank you to all our customers and staff for their support.”

During the last 20 years Alan and his partner, Brian Wick, and the team at Wickers were responsible for bringing Concorde to Cornwall, organising the first cruise from Falmouth and arranging to first transatlantic flight from Newquay to New York in 2009.

Heather added: “It’s incredible to think of the firsts that Wickers achieved and we’re really proud that our Dad helped to make this happen.

“It’s also amazing to think about how many special holidays, such as honeymoons, birthday and anniversary trips that have been booked through our offices.

“It’s nice to know that the company and staff have played a part in so many happy memories and adventures.”

As a result of the closure nine staff from the two branches have been made redundant, while current customers and bookings have been taken on by Newell’s Travel.