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All the best: Delia Aston discusses her favourite things

By Kerry McKittrick

Published 18/01/2016

It’s not unusual: Delia Aston
It’s not unusual: Delia Aston

The 59-year-old founded and is partner of Clubworld Travel with her husband Stephen. She lives near Portadown and has four children, Thomas (32), David and Robert (21) and Karen (20). The company was named the Northern Ireland Travel Agency of the Year in 2015.

My best moment

My best moments have all been when my children were born — all of them. I couldn’t say anything else. Outside of that opening Clubworld Travel 25 years ago was a very exciting and challenging moment for me.

My best way to relax

Cruising is one of my favourite ways to relax, but closer to home it’s enjoying my husband’s cooking, as he is a great chef. I have a gin and tonic every night when I come from work and then have a delicious dinner.

My best advice

The one I’ve always stuck with is to always treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. Another piece of advice that my dad gave me was to never judge a book by its cover.

My best song

My friends hate me for it but I’m a huge fan of Tom Jones — I can’t understand why people don’t like him. I think he’s a great showman and I love all of his songs. It’s Not Unusual is my ringtone which can be a bit embarrassing in business meetings when I forget to put my phone on silent.

My best job

Although I originally trained to be a nurse, I now think I have the best job in the world as a travel agent. Last year, I was away somewhere about once a month.

My best achievement

Probably opening Clubworld Travel and developing it from one shop to seven across Northern Ireland. In 2015, we won the Northern Ireland Travel Agency of the Year Award and also an award for Top Agent in Northern Ireland and Scotland. It’s fantastic but it’s not down to me, the staff are really good.

My best gift

My husband bought me an iPad a few years ago. It’s brilliant because I can work from home or anywhere else. I even got an upgrade for it this Christmas — my daughter has now put her name on the old one.

My best buy

Our three dogs which are Lhasa Apsos. They are Lily, Babbette and Harvey and they’re absolutely adorable.

My best book

I got a beautiful one from the children at Christmas called The Irish Light by Peter Cox and it’s a collection of photographs of Irish landscapes. Otherwise if I’m reading I tend to go for Irish writers like Patricia Scanlan and Marian Keyes. It’s a great way to switch off and I like it when they mention places I know

My best film

I do like a good film and it’s a great way to spend time with my children. Karen and I recently had a movie night and we watched Mr Morgan’s Last Love — it’s about a man who takes up dance lessons and his son thinks he’s having an affair. I like movies for escapism, so I go for light-hearted films like Bridget Jones’ Diary

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