Peterlee and Horden - Down Your Way

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Former East Durham College student Suzi Martin, 28, from Hartlepool, has gone on to take over the airwaves in the North East since leaving college, helping people wake up and get through their morning commutes across the region.

She is a producer on the Heart North East Breakfast show but it hasn’t been an easy ride to get to her dream job. After college Suzi went on to do work experience in hospital radio, where she developed a passion for the medium. She progressed to larger and more established radio stations, working in varying roles and often working for free just for the experience, now she has her dream job as a breakfast show producer.

Suzi Martin, breakfast show producer.

Suzi Martin, breakfast show producer.

Engineer George Butcher visited The Academy at Shotton Hall to speak to students about careers in engineering. George is an Oxford University graduate, who is starting work this summer for a medical equipment company where his work will potentially include surgical robotics. The visit is part of the drive in science to encourage students to look at the vast number of potential careers that require science. George talked about jobs that engineers have had in the past and jobs that engineers currently do and gave lots of examples including structural and architectural engineers. He then challenged students to design a new kind of car.

Horden Youth and Community Centre want to say a big thank you to all the staff at Sainsbury’s, Cotsford Lane, who throughout the year have fundraised for the centre. They organised collections, tombolas, etc and also supported the healthy eating programme by donating ingredients. They collected £535.

East Durham College’s full time A-level student’s results has seen the college achieve a 98.2% pass rate. ED6 was opened at the college’s Peterlee Campus just three years ago to offer local students an alternative to having to travel out of the area to study A Levels; making this only the second group of A-level students and results.

Every year during Cultural Heritage week, the senior drama club at The Academy at Shotton Hall put together a performance as part of a dinner theatre event. In the past they have performed outdoor Shakespeare, murder mystery evenings and its most popular – comedy night. This year the group collected a mass of classic British comedy sketches from The Two Ronnie’s to French and Saunders and performed to a sold out audience. A fantastic meal was provided by Tracey and the girls in the kitchen and the night was a raving success from start to finish. Thanks to everyone involved in particular the incredibly talented and absolutely hilarious senior drama club!

Roseby Road Wellbeing Centre is organising a coach trip to South Shields on Thursday. Pick-up is at 10.30am return 4pm, cost £6.50. The fun doesn’t stop once home, stay for the evening and enjoy the family quiz at 5.30pm.