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STUDENTS battled it out in a joinery competition.

East Durham College and New College Durham went head to head in a joinery battle at the finals of the North East Inter-Colleges competition.

New College Durham student Jason Ballard, 22, from Bishop Auckland, came out on top beating East Durham College student, Kieran Stanlick, 18, from Seaham, by a very narrow margin in the contest held at the Peterlee college.

The final saw the two students create a wooden frame made up of a number of different joints and the pieces of work were then marked on a number of criteria to determine the winner.

East Durham College joinery lecturer, Dominic Hunt, believes the competition was a great experience for the students.

He said: “This competition was created to give students from the North East experience in inter-college competitions, which they might compete in on a national stage in the future. This competition format was also a fantastic way of getting the lads to see what it’s like to work under pressure, and they both performed very well.”