East Durham College’s hair and beauty department have returned from the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) Awards 2016 in Blackpool with three top places.
Level 3 barbering student Lewis Coils, 20, from Wingate picked up first place in the Men’s Creative Designs in Hair, with another East Durham College barbering student Penny Brown, 33, from Thornley, finishing second in the same category.
Georgia Leadbetter, 23, from Seaham who also studies on the level 3 course at the college, took third place in the Men’s Commercial Category.
The competition took place at the iconic Blackpool Winter Gardens with the students competing against competitors from across the United Kingdom.
East Durham College barbering lecturer, Alison Scattergood, has praised her students for their fantastic achievements in the competition.
Alison said: “These three students have performed to a fantastic standard, it’s a tough competition to come and compete at as you are up against the best students from around the UK.
“For Penny and Georgia to get a top three place is absolutely brilliant, and Lewis achievement to go on and win his category is a really proud moment both for him as a student and me as his lecturer.
“I’m sure these three student will go on to have a great career in the barbering industry.”