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Former student from 1952 joined in the celebrations at the College’s 70th Anniversary Event

Posted: June 27, 2023

North Lindsey College opened the campus to new and former students to celebrate 70 years of serving the community with a family fun event. 

Around 1000 visitors came to the campus to celebrate with staff and students to enjoy the day, which proved a huge hit with the local community. 

Curriculum staff created activities and displays for the visitors which included glitter tattoos, East Timor traditional dancers, sport activities, arts and crafts, animal handling as well as inflatables and fairground attractions for all to enjoy. One of the main attractions included a convoy of Mustang cars which complimented a collection of classic and prestige cars with courtesy of the Rotary Club of Scunthorpe Pentagon. 

Highlight of the day involved a former Fabrication and Welding student who potentially is one of the first cohort of students to enrol at the College. Anthony Wilkins, who is 87 years of age came to College in 1952 as a Fabrication and Welding Apprentice with Nitrogen Fertilisers Limited. Anthony brought all his original paperwork which was still in pristine condition to show to the staff at the event. Anthony completed two years of his apprenticeship before getting called up for the RAF for National Service. Anthony continued to work in the industry after completing his National Service at British Steel before moving onto his Family’s engineering business where he stayed for twenty-six years. 

Anthony got to meet John Rees (Principal and Chief Executive Officer of DN Colleges Group) who reflected on the event and said, “It was an absolute pleasure to join staff, students and members of our wider community to the College on 10th June 2023. We had an outstanding day of fun and games and we were happy to welcome all visitors, young and old onto our campus to showcase what we have to offer. It was great to see so many young children and their families enjoying the events on show and also to welcome back one of our former students, Anthony, who I met for a chat. He was a welding student way back in 1952 and he even brought with him his original letter confirming his place with his employer and the College.” 

Reuben Killen (9) enjoyed his day at the event too and said, “It’s been really fun, The welder was really good and I also really liked the Bearded Dragons. I enjoyed the inflatables and I even learnt how to knit.”