Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Another annus mirabilis for Essex

Hertfordshire - it isn't you. If last year was an annus mirabilis (sadly not available at Amy Childs' new beauty salon) for Essex, this year it's been even better. McFly's Harry Judd from Chelmsford has won Strictly Come Dancing and Essex claimed the entire top three of I'm A Celebrity, winner Dougie Poynter from Corringham, Mark Wright from Abridge and Fatima Whitbread from Shenfield. 

All of this on top of Towie winning a Bafta in April, beating Downton Abbey ("chavs beat the toffs" as the Sun put it) and a solo show for Amy Childs It's All about Amy on Channel 5 plus Amy opening a new beauty salon in Brentwood and Lucy Mecklenburgh opening her boutique in Ongar Road. In The X Factor winners Little Mix included Jesy Nelson from Romford. While in music Southend's The Horrors and Romford's Jesse J had huge success. In fact the only Essex Man who didn't do too well was Andy Coulson...