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Rick Waters: 5 favourite Essex things

PUBLISHED: 13:55 04 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:24 04 August 2017

Rick and his wife, Karen

Rick and his wife, Karen

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Rayleigh bodybuilder Rick Waters picks his five favourite things about Essex

Rick Waters is the UK’s most decorated bodybuilder, who is still competing in, and winning, national and world titles at the age of 60. He lives in Rayleigh with his wife, Karen, where he has recently opened a health, strength and fitness studio with his son, Mitchell, who currently plays for the British American Football Team, the East Essex Sabres.

Rick WatersRick Waters

1. My favourite Essex place to visit

Leigh on Sea is a very special place for both my wife and I. Karen’s family have lived in Leigh on Sea since 1908. It’s a very special place with quirky little streets where you can relax by the old, traditional cockle sheds or take a stroll along the coastline to Southend Pier if you’re feeling energetic.

2. My favourite Essex memory

In 1984, I founded the Southend Sabres American Football team. I’m still helping with the coaching now and I’m proud that my son Mitchell plays for the team today, wearing my number 30 shirt. However, in terms of Essex memories, top of the list is marrying my wife, Karen, on a gorgeous sunny day in Southend, in August 1992. Between us, we have built up a vast collection of wonderful collection of wonderful memories living in Essex.

Rick with his son, MitchellRick with his son, Mitchell

3. My favourite Essex restaurant

I love steak, so Miller and Carter in Leigh is a favourite. The food there is always good, but when I am preparing for a competition, I need to eat lots of protein and their selection of options allows me to eat there with my family without affecting my training.

Miller & Carter SteakhouseMiller & Carter Steakhouse

4. My favourite Essex theatre

My favourite Essex theatre has to be the Cliffs Pavilion, due to the wide variety of shows and stars that come to this venue. I have been to a number of events and charity functions there and it’s also a great setting from which to see the pier and the estuary at night time.

5. My favourite piece of Essex history

I have a great affinity to Southend Pier. As well as being the world’s longest pleasure pier, it has a fascinating history that has always held my interest. In my younger days, I would fish on the pier and I once won a national school fishing competition organised by the Angling Times. In its heyday, it was fun strolling or going by train to the end of the pier for the amusement arcades or shows, and the adundance of visitors and people finishing always gave me a happy feeling.

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