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Bricklaying Competition Celebrates Tenth Anniversary
27 February 2018 | Construction & the Building Trades
This year, marks the tenth anniversary of the Reece French bricklaying competition, set-up in memory of the former City College Plymouth student.
Reece French died aged 20, in September 2007, after he was hit by a falling skip full of bricks at the East End Community Village Enterprise Centre in Cattedown.
The competition set-up in his memory put the College’s bricklaying students’ skills to the test by challenging them to build a complex patterned wall in an allocated time. With trowels in hand, the students tried to ‘wow’ their lecturers in the hopes of winning an award.
Family members and employers were in attendance, cheering on the competitors, and joining them were Reece’s parents, Denise and Ivan. They attend the event each year to present the awards to the winners. This year, they generously donated a new trophy to mark the anniversary which was awarded to the most improved student.
The day culminated in a prize presentation led by City College’s Director of Technology, Marine and Renewables, Peter Mercy, who said: “This year’s competition has been fantastic and the standard of work, as always, has been very high. It is a real honour to be able to run this annual competition to honour Reece’s life.
“The students all work incredibly hard throughout the year and the competition is an opportunity for them to show off their talents. Reece’s parents are always so supportive of the competition. I would like to say a special thank you to them and all of the College staff, parents, CITB who support this event and, of course, to the students for taking part.”
Reece’s mother, Denise French, said: “The competition means so much to us we look forward to it all year. It is a lovely way to keep Reece’s memory alive and is something good that has come out of something so tragic. The College is very dear to us, all of my sons have completed courses here and, after ten years, we have come to know everyone very well. The new trophy is to say thank you and give something back to the College. As a family we are eternally grateful for this competition and to all of the College staff who give up their time to organise and run this event. This year was busier than ever and the standard of work is always so high.”
This year’s winners included: first year apprentices Rowan Colton (first place) and Kyle Dickinson (second place); second year apprentices Daniel Farrow (first place) and Kane Cooke (second place); full-time level 1 student James Curtis (first place); full-time level 2 student Alex Saint (first place); and Coolaboy Stanley was awarded the most improved trophy.