Eastleigh College celebrated 50 years of success on Friday with the Mayor of Eastleigh, Chris Huhne MP, council leaders and head teachers among others, all present at the unveiling of an inspiring sculpture created by artist and retired employee, Barry Durrant.
The final commemorative event was to mark the first year of students completing qualifications in 1962 and 50 years of success thereafter.
Barry created the impressive life size metal sculpture of a man reading a book, detailing it with many hidden intricacies for visitors to find. Speaking of his individually commissioned piece, which took him a total of 400 hours to complete, Barry said:
“I was over the moon to be asked and trusted to create such an important piece. The idea was based around learning, studies and knowledge and hopefully people looking at it will think of the same.”
The sculpture was unveiled by the Mayor of Eastleigh, Rupert Kyrle along with local MP, Chris Huhne. The Mayor of Eastleigh was also delighted to be involved in the celebrations adding:
“It’s a great honour to be here and commemorate the 50 years of success for this fantastic facility which is a testament to the hard work of staff and governors involved with the College.”
Student Governor, Haydn Scott, also attended the event and commented:
“As an Engineering student, I thought it was a really good piece of engineering design and I’m impressed with the end result.”
The College has also been celebrating it’s recent Ofsted success, being judged ‘Outstanding’ in its inspection. Chris Huhne said:
“I’m delighted to be here. Eastleigh College has played a crucial part in the local economy in preparing people for careers in practical, vocational areas and helping businesses to thrive and become successful. For Ofsted to say what a lot of us already knew, that Eastleigh College is outstanding, is a great tribute to all at the College.”
The sculpture is on display in a communal area of the College grounds.
Guests at the celebration event where also treated to afternoon tea in the College’s Red Carpet restaurant, prepared by Hospitality and Catering students.
Photo left to right: Jean Roberts, Paul Quigley, College Governor, Tony Lau-Walker, Chief Executive,Chris Huhne, MP,Barry Durrant, artist and former employee, Mayor of Eastleigh, Rupert Kryle
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