Coronation Street star presents at college awards night

Colson Smith presents at college awards night
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Coronation Street's Colson Smith swapped the cobbles for a night of celebration, presenting awards to deserving students at North Lindsey College's annual ceremony.

Throughout the 2023/24 academic year, tutors nominated standout students for their exceptional academic performance and dedication. The evening saw ten awards handed out to students from various courses who had excelled in their studies.

Joining North Lindsey College's achievement awards as a special guest, Colson Smith, lauded for his twelve-year-long portrayal of Craig Tinker in beloved ITV soap Coronation Street and recent appearances in Celebrity Big Brother and ITV's The Games, had the honour of co-presenting all the accolades.

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The event kicked off with a vocal performance by Performing Arts student Charlotte James, who sang 'She Used to be Mine' from the popular Broadway musical, Waitress. Her performance set the tone for an evening filled with support from teachers, parents, caregivers, governors, and the college's senior leadership team.

One nominee brought along a special guest - his grandfather Stuart, a former Chemistry student at North Lindsey College. Thanks to the FE Awards ceremony, Stuart was able to revisit his old stomping ground one last time before it undergoes a planned redevelopment.

Colson extended his heartfelt congratulations, expressing "It was such a privilege to present the achievement awards at North Lindsey College and share the evening with so many exceptional people who have gone above and beyond. Congratulations to all the winners and good luck for the future."

Students thrilled their instructors by given the chance to nominate who amongst them would be designated 'Staff Member of the Year'. This year, the award went to Phil Scott from the Fabrication and Welding department.

Beyond simply guiding his pupils, Phil made a difference locally, supporting charities such as Lindsey Lodge Hospice. With student assistance, Phil has contributed over £3,000 to charity through his crafty sale of metal sculptures.

After being presented with the accolade, an emotional Phil remarked, "Receiving this award has made my ten years' at North Lindsey College worthwhile and rewarding. I would like to wish all staff and students the best for the future, I will miss them all after my retirement."