East Durham College Students Johnathon Harker, Callum Bunney and Lewis McDonald outside Durham County Hall.

Creative Students Invited To County Hall To Talk About War Memorial Project

Three students from East Durham College’s creative industries department where this week invited to Durham County Council’s County Hall to talk about one of their recent projects.

In November 2015, students, Callum Bunney, 19, from Peterlee, Johnathon Harker, 19, from Peterlee and Lewis McDonald, 20, from Seaham took part in a project on behalf of Durham County Council’s Area Action Partnership (AAP) to create a video on the commemorative plaque ceremony for Thomas Kenny.

Taking place in Wheatley Hill, the plaque was placed in remembrance of Private Thomas Kenny, who served in the First World War and received the Victoria Cross for his ‘conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty’.

The group of students worked alongside a team from ITV Tyne Tees to produce the video for the AAP, and visited County Hall to talk to a panel about the process and what they took from the experience.

The students were then given a tour of county hall and met with a number of dignitaries who were in attendance on the day.

Lecturer in creative industries, Billy Nicholson, thanked Durham County Council for giving the students this amazing opportunity to be involved in the project.

Billy said: “It was a great privilege to be able to get involved in this project alongside Durham County Council and ITV.

“It was an amazing opportunity for these three students to work alongside industry professionals and get a feel of what it’s like to put together a real news report video.

“The students really enjoyed going down to County Hall to discuss the project and explaining to the panel what they took from the experience and it was great to be able to go round the building and meet some of the people who helped put this project together.”

For more information on courses in media and creative industries at East Durham College please contact our student services team on 0191 518 8222.