STUDENTS have scooped a top award after showing they had the flair to be successful.
East Durham College’s Hair and Beauty department picked up an impressive 12 medals at the Association of Hairdressers and Therapists regional competition, including the Best College award.
It is the fourth time in five years the college has taken the top honour.
Students competed against 14 other colleges stretching from Northumberland to Scarborough at the event, held at Gateshead’s federation Brewery.
Gold medals went to Reeanna Mellor in the 14-16 Evening style with ornamentation, Courtney Williams in the men’s commercial category and Michael Coulson in the gender transformation category.
Olivia Hick, Lauren Johnson, Lauren Dovaston, Amy Harpin, Nicole Bartle and Hannah Spencer all picked up silver medals with Jodie Fergus, Karen Scarr and Emily McClaren collecting bronze medals.
The team are now preparing for the National AHT 2015 finals at Blackpool’s famous Winter Gardens on March 15 and 16.
East Durham College hairdressing lecturer Angela Johnston, said: “It was another great performance by the team at the AHT event in Gateshead this year.
“That’s three years on the trot we have won Best College.
“All the students put in fantastic performances and it was a brilliant feeling to see them come home with a host of medals, including the coveted Best College trophy once again.
“Now we are getting the team prepared for the nationals in Blackpool, it’s a huge event, and we will be up against some brilliant colleges from all across Britain.
“We performed really well last year and I hope we can shine once again at the event this year.”