A former Haverhill man has found business success cultivating tea on a mountainside in Thailand.
John Wombwell, 57, who lived in Harewood Terrace, went to Castle Manor Academy from 1972 to 1976. After leaving school, he served in the Royal Air Force and travelled the world. It was while visiting Thailand he saw the tea plantations in the north and he offered the Thai owners his help in marketing the tea.
This year, tea from the plantation he runs - Daokrajai Lanna Fine Teas - is available in the UK, and he is visiting London in the summer to promote it.
John said; “I lived in Haverhill and was a poor student of what was then Castle Manor Upper School.
“After leaving school I served in the Royal Air Force for 10 years, and have travelled the world as an electronic engineer.
“It was only on my return to England in 2005, after travelling the world, that I found the wonderful country and culture of Thailand.
“I have been invited by the Royal Thai Embassy in London to represent Thailand at the Taste of Dublin festival in June, and also the Taste of London festival in Regents Park, also in June.
“I can attest that, because of my efforts, at least another five people in northern Thailand are employed, and that gives me great heart.”
You can log on to John’s website via www.daokrajaitea.com