STUDENTS at West Cheshire College have followed in the footsteps of learners through the ages by picking up historical awards.
During a ceremony at the Guildhall in Chester, representatives of the Companies of the Freemen and Guilds presented the awards to 13 students, including two from this area, who have studied for recognised qualifications.
The awards were instituted in 1968 through the generosity of the Freemen and Guilds and have been presented annually since.
Guilds date from medieval days in Europe, when men working in similar trades formed associations for mutual aid and protection.
The Joiners and Carvers Company Awards went to David Whiffen, 20, from Ellesmere Port. David, who works as a carpenter and joiner for his uncle at James Whiffen Joinery in Heswall, was nominated for his award after showing a natural ability in working with wood.
He said: 'I specialise in making made-to-measure balustrades and staircases and the skills I learned on the course have been beneficial.'
Michael Stephen Lamb, 20, from Great Sutton, won the Cappers, Pinners, Wierdrawers and Linnendrapers Award.
Michael was nominated for the award in re-cognition of his dedication to his academic studies and of the grades he has achieved in his HNC in electrical and electronic engineering.