Bricklaying Competition Celebrates Twelfth Anniversary

29 April 2019 | College News, Construction & the Building Trades

This year, marks the twelfth 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.

Reece’s parents, Denise and Ivan French, and Simon Parsons from Kier, presented the awards to the winners. Reece’s mother, Denise, said: “It’s great to see the College host this event year after year as it’s really close to our hearts. A big thanks for everything and we appreciate that the College continues to honour our son.”

City College’s Director of Technology, Marine and Renewables, Peter Mercy, 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 the College staff who supported this event and to Kier for their attendance and kind prize donations and, of course, to the students for taking part.”

This year’s winners included: first year apprentices Sam Lavington (first place) and Brandon Loze (second place); second year apprentices Paddy Hayes (first place) and Kyle Dickinson (second place); and Shaun Duggan who was awarded a trophy for the Most Improved Student.

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