Awards ceremony celebrates the hard work of Grimsby Institute staff
GRIMSBY Institute celebrated the stars that shone brightly among their staff at a lavish awards ceremony.
Catering students cooked and served an impressive four-course meal for staff and local dignitaries at Grimsby Institute's Star Awards – an annual event to reward staff excellence.
It was a formal celebration, but that didn't stop performing arts students from rocking out with a few Queen hits from their recent sell-out show We Will Rock You.
A raffle raised £243 for St Andrew's Hospice, although the main event was seeing the hard-working staff collect the awards, decided by staff, who vote for the winners.
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Sue Middlehurst, Institute principal, said: "You can not have a good organisation without high quality staff and this was our chance to say thank you."
Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Mike Burton (Lab, Immingham), who presented one of the awards, said: "This is a fantastic building of glass, concrete and steel, but it is the staff that make it and I've been very impressed with what I have heard tonight."
Lifetime achievement award winner Joanna Parrott, programme leader for health and social care, has worked at the college for 29 years.
She said: "I've worked here for nearly three decades in various different roles but it is strange getting a lifetime achievement – I'm not going anywhere just yet.
"I'm very fortunate to be recognised in this way and to have worked here and had all the opportunities that the Institute offers. I love my job and that is what makes it worthwhile."
The hair and beauty team won the Striving For Excellence award, after a successful year which saw students gaining recognition in a number of national events and competitions.
Head of school Virginia Collins said: "It's lovely to get an award and know that your work is being recognised but it's all about the students for us.
"I like to seeing them grow into that end result, someone who is ready to go out there and achieve when they leave us – that's why I love the job."
Unsung Hero award winners Arthur Parker and Chris Drinkall got their award for their tireless work supporting staff. Mr Parker said: "We do all the jobs that no one else wants to do like making the coffee, filling out exam submission forms and invigilating during exams – but we're happy to do them.
Best friend Mr Drinkall said: "We do it because we love it but it's nice that they chose to show their appreciation in this way."