Art & Design, Fashion & Textiles, Milburn Campus, Music, Public Services

Friendly Faces at the Fayre

If you were one of the tens of thousands of visitors to the fantastic Bury Christmas Fayre you will have come across our students from the College, probably without realising it, as they were dotted all over the place doing so many different things.


For the last three years Public Service students have been the ones who welcome you, give directions, hand out leaflets and have even escorted Father Christmas and the parade. They have each been doing two busy four hour shifts, although many volunteer more hours.


Those students were there to help with anything that needs doing. They work alongside the public services if there’s an emergency; one year a student sat with somebody who had suffered a heart attack and waited until the emergency services arrived.


If you saw the lantern parade there were some giant tissue lanterns decorated in bright colours, made by our Art and Design students.


Travel and Tourism students also stewarded the market, while our Music Technology students were working with the Vinyl Hunter to provide sound support for the fayre along St Johns Street. DJs and acoustic acts performed on stage over the weekend, all managed by our students.


Did you wander down St John’s Street? then you may have taken part in the popular Star Trail created by our Business and Retail students with colourful fabric stars made by our fashion students, or the photo booth competition, again run by students.


This year we have worked for weeks with the brilliant independent shops down St Johns Street to help them make an impact and draw people from the centre of the town.


For the second year running students from the Milburn Campus were selling items they had made.
On Friday and Saturday they sold hardwood coasters, welly boot pullers, vintage shelves with hooks, a hook rack and hardwood desk tidies. The items were made by Progression to Carpentry students and decorated by those on a Painting and Decorating course. The work took several weeks and has helped them enhance their skills.


A student Indie rock band called Kelo Down, made up of  year 1 and 2 music students played at both the Bury and Newmarket lights switch ons and are being lined up for more events.