Apprentices Put On Pamper Day For British Soldiers

Sun, 06/05/2001 - 01:00

Catering & Hospitality Apprentices cooked and served up some fantastic food for the soldiers from 21 Engineer Regiment.

A group of local apprentices today provided a well earned day of R&R for some hard working British soldiers.

Five soldiers, from Ripon-based 21 Engineer Regiment, were treated to a pamper day at East Durham College, in Peterlee, as part of the College’s activities during this week’s National Apprenticeship Week.

Sgt Churcher, Spr Hiri, Spr Ball, Pte Chadwick and Pte Dixon were all treated to a 3-course meal at the College’s restaurant, Scene1, prepared and cooked by Catering Apprentices. A group of Apprentices then treated them to a number of hair and beauty treatments.

To finish off the day the College’s fully trained physiotherapists gave the solders a professional sports massage.

Sgt Churcher said: “The day has been absolutely fabulous. The food was out of this world and the treatments were great. I have never had a massage before and it was wonderful.

“On behalf of myself and the Regiment I would like to thank the College and the Apprentices for their generosity and hard work.”

Ellen Dobie, who is aged 17 and from Peterlee, is currently doing a Hairdressing Apprenticeship with Seraph Hair & Beauty based in Peterlee’s Castle Dene Shopping Centre.

“It was really interesting to chat with the soldiers and find out the different jobs they do in the army. It was a privilege to help out giving them some treatments,” Ellen said.

National Apprenticeship Week, now in its firth year, is taking place across England from Monday 6th February till Friday 10th February 2012.

If you are interested in becoming an Apprentice please contact East Durham College’s Apprenticeship Team on 0191 518 8259.