Thursday 28th June saw this year's awards ceremony. These are held yearly to celebrate the achievement of all learners at the centre.
Learners and their guests were welcomed by the Maitre'd (That would be Clive) who directed them to the free bar where a glass of wine was offered by the two delectable bar staff (Debbie and Julie) Julie brought a wealth of expertise to the role as she has worked at the Seacote in Silloth. Debbie spent the evening grinning at fond recollections of lyrics she had been singing all day (something about bags and dancing)
Joanne started the evening by welcoming everyone and introducing the star guest. Peter Routledge, learndirect area manager, gave a short speech congratulating everyone for all their hard work.
Proceedings were then held up slightly while a new battery was sought for the camera.
The centre tutors then presented learners with certificates in groups. Val, Janet, Liz, Tracy, Clive, Joanne and Ron all welcomed learners to the stage and photographs were taken
One or two of the women learners threw themselves at Peter's feet. You could tell Clive and Ron were getting jealous, until we realised that the steps were a bit high. At which point Ron was asked to provide a helping hand to prevent an accident. Many were grateful for the assistance, especially Alan Baird who held his hand a little tooo long ;-))
Once all certificates had been presented, Peter was thanked and presented with a small gift from one of our youngest leaners (Mhairi)
We retired to the buffet table for sandwiches and pie
Joanne, the centre manager said to her staff
"Thank you very much for all your hard work in last nights awards ceremony. The night was a great success and Jen has emailed the Times and Star with a picture (complete ECDL students) and a statement so look out for this in next Friday’s addition. I would like to make a special thanks to Julie for doing all the arrangements for the learners to come, buffet, glasses, drinks, presents. I know its hard work but Julie does it so well, so well even that when Clive and Janet came in early and Val and I return from our meeting to help there was nothing left for them to do (great we had time to have a coffee before the evening started). All we had to do was enjoy the evening. "