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17th May 2017

Students from Goole College have played a pivotal role in one Yorkshire town’s quest to triumph in Britain in Bloom.

25 Welding and Fabrication students have created an incredible sculpture, commissioned in partnership with Associated British Ports for Immingham Town Council’s entry into the national horticulture competition.

And now, Immingham Civic Centre is the proud owner of an eye-catching, bespoke and hand built sculpture depicting a ship and crane, celebrating ABP’s significant role in the local economy.

The students were provided with drawings and scale models by ABP and set to work on a 3 week schedule, creating the pieces from low carbon steel.

The large ship and crane sculptures were created in Goole College’s newly refurbished welding and fabrication workshops and then transported to ABP’s site to be painted in striking colours and to reflect the company branding, before once again being re-constructed in its new home at the civic centre, on full display for the public.

The purpose of the structure will be to house flowers to be judged as part of the town’s wider entry into Britain in Bloom.

By the time the panel of judges visit the town in July, the structure will proudly show off beautiful and colourful flowers growing from the inside of the boat and eye catching hanging displays from the crane.

The Britain in Bloom competition was launched in 1963 and has now grown in size to include over 3,000 groups of applicants each year, working together to transform spaces in their community.

Goole College Welding tutor Mick Grundy said, “From start to finish, including the drawings, the project has taken around 120 hours of work, and the challenge was to ensure that every student involved was given an important task. They have all done a fantastic job and it looks incredible now that it’s painted.”

“The project has involved a large group of students and has improved their skills, making them more work oriented and they can use the project as part of their CV to gain future employment.”

“This project really is a flagship for the Goole College Welding provision, as it will increase awareness of what can be achieved and see a finished product as opposed to basic workshop exercises.”

16 year old Level 2 Welding and Fabrication student William John Woods said, “We used a reference model for the crane and side drawings for the boat. We tweaked the design to make it an arrowed boat, It looks really nice and has come together well. We started work about three weeks ago now and it has been a brilliant project to be involved with following our Perceptions of Goole Sculpture project at the front of Goole College.”

“I began working on the Bow and the Stern of the boat and it’s been great to see it expand from there. It is a good feeling to know that this will be a permanent fixture in the town for everyone to see.“

Caron Wright, Principal of Goole College said, “This project has been wonderful to watch from start to finish, and it has been a real honour for the college and our students to be selected to participate in.”

“Our students have worked incredibly hard on the project and we are very proud of them all and the final product. It is a perfect opportunity to show the level of excellence that is being nurtured in our Welding and Fabrication programmes and the dedication of the tutors, guiding the students.”

“Associated British Ports play such an integral part in the economy of the Humber region and the sculpture really does reflect this and we feel it is fitting that Immingham Town Council have included this in their bid.”

“We wish the town of Immingham the very best of luck in the competition.”