Abbey Gate College has held its annual Speech Day and Prize Giving Award Ceremony at Chester Racecourse.
Academic and personal achievements throughout the college were celebrated and this year’s event was made extra special as the guest speaker was Alistair Macdonald, who was making his second visit to Abbey Gate College.
The last time he attended was 36 years ago to record the opening of the school for BBC TV’s Look North, as it was then.
Alistair went on to become an award-winning BBC TV reporter and producer based here in the North West for 20 years, but working as far afield as Mali, Mauritania, Tibet and even Beirut at the height of the civil war.
The guest speaker was organised by the college’s new headmistress, Tracy Pollard, and she had no idea of Alistair’s connection with the college until she was perusing old school newspaper reports before taking up her post in September..
During the prize-giving the college also presented a cheque of more than £7,000 to Carol Parry who is a representative of Swazaid, the college’s charity last year. She is pictured with Headmistress Tracy Pollard, Alistair Macdonald and the Sixth Form Heads of House and Heads and Deputies of School.