Queens Platnium Jubilee Afternoon Tea Dance 120 of New College Durham’s art and design students were given the life brief – and budget of £30 – to design and create a centrepiece Jubilee hat to be displayed to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the Town Hall in Durham for Durham Markets and Durham City Parish Council’s Afternoon Tea Dance event.

The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Sue Snowdon, visited New College Durham last month to judge the extraordinary hats produced by the college’s innovative art and design students. Second year performing arts student, Paige Trimmer, announced the Lord Lieutenant into the room, a memorable contribution before Paige progresses to study BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre at LMA in Liverpool.

Queens Platnium Jubilee Afternoon Tea Dance 2Congratulations to Harry Best for placing first with The Duke’s Top Hat. Sephira Horn placed second with her flower crown, and Kimberley Welsh placed third with her two royal hats.

The Lord Lieutenant enjoyed afternoon tea provided by NCD’s professional cookery students and expressed an eagerness to plan another visit to tour the college campus.

New College’s professional cookery and front of house students catered for and served the guests at the Afternoon Tea Dance yesterday. Well done to Abby Harle, Ryan Briggs, Ana Sofia Liddell, Noah Davison, Casey Morton, Gabrel Hunter, Abbie Brown, Connor Shine, Leah Doughty and Fern Sales for working together with a professionalism that impressed the guests, the group were a credit to the college.

The menus for the Afternoon Tea event were designed by the college’s keen graphic designers.