Lecturer Jeff Bestford Honoured

The new science lab at East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus was officially named today as The Jeff Bestford Lab. This was in honour of Jeff Bestford who was employed at East Durham College for over 25 years but sadly passed away last year.

A small ceremony was held and Jeff’s family, wife Beryl and children; Paul, Jonathan and Sharron attended and unveiled a plaque naming the lab.

Beryl said ‘I am immensely proud and I’m sure Jeff will be looking down feeling the same and with a big smile. Thank you.’

Jeff grew up in Shotton and lived with his family in Peterlee. Assistant Principal, Fred Harrison said, ‘Jeff’s work in the Science Department made a tremendous difference to students and staff alike, I’m really pleased future students will always know his name. We all dearly miss him.’

Science colleague Lorraine Knight commented, ‘During his time at the College Jeff became known for his kindness, consideration and great sense of fun. His knowledge and skills in science and computing were essential to the efficient running of the department. Jeff always looked forward to his morning coffee, which together with several biscuits was a chance to chat and discuss daily events and new initiatives.’

Jimmy Pickett also a colleague and close friend said, ‘Jeff Bestford was a great guy, I first met him back at start of term September 1984. We worked together as Science Technicians at the old Howletch site of the College. We really enjoyed working together setting up experiments for all the science staff. After I changed roles we always kept in touch - we kept each other going at work. ‘He was a jovial happy person and fitted in with everyone. It was a very sad day when Fred Harrison phoned me up with the news of Jeff’s passing.’