16 September 2015
A free fun day in Redlees Park last Sunday welcomed the Webb Ellis Cup to Hounslow to celebrate the start of Rugby World Cup 2015. Entertainers such as Billy Ocean, X-Factor star Jamie Archer and the world’s first "Pakistani Elvis" Sal Bashir delivered rousing performances.
West Thames College students provided headline acts in the Big Top, starting with a "Pride of Nations" catwalk parade, followed by our HND specialist makeup students' stunning designs based on tribal and pagan themes.
Staff and students on our uniformed public services course demonstrated self-defence and arrest techniques and lecturer Neil Grigg had children in the audience standing to attention with his sergeant-major commands.
Level 3 Performing Arts student Jack Norris (above) was transformed into the Joker and kept the crowd enthralled with his haunting "Memories" monologue. Level 3 dancers, choreographed by students Ionie Duncan and Jamie Hurley, performed a fierce routine and then professional dance company Sketch, founded by former student and freelance lecturer Jazz Andrews, ended the show with a beautiful contemporary piece.
Catering students from the Feltham Skills Centre ensured that students and members of the public did not go hungry, but perhaps the hardest job of the day went to the hair and beauty students, who tirelessly plaited hair and painted nails for the waiting crowds.
Councillor Steve Curran, Hounslow Council Leader, said: “It was really fantastic to see so many people enjoying themselves at the Be Inspired Festival. Many thanks to the army of volunteers and staff who helped to make it run smoothly.”