A travel agent is celebrating after claiming a national award.

Premier Travel, based in Halstead High Street, has been awarded Best Family Cruise Operator of the year by the Travel Network Group.

The firm scooped the top prize due to staff's knowledge and expertise in cruise holidays.

The Travel Network Group runs its annual awards scheme to recognise the best independent travel agencies across the country.

Branch manager Sarah Colson said: "We were pleasantly surprised to win this highly coveted award. Cruise is becoming more popular and we have noticed an increase in customers booking this type of holiday this year.

"With this award, customers can be assured of our knowledge and expertise when booking their next cruise with us."

Chief exec Gary Lewis added: "The team at Premier Travel are extremely worthy winners of this prestigious award.

"Over the last few years they have made a significant investment in training to ensure its branches deliver a high level of excellence in the cruising area to their customers, and in doing so have grown their share of the cruise market."