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RCAT Gets The Royal Treatment

posted 28 Mar 2012, 03:03 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 28 Mar 2012, 03:06 ]
Staff and students at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology were given the royal treatment after a special visitor helped them celebrate the opening of their new building.

His Royal Highness The Duke of York opened the new £7million Wentworth Building at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology’s Town Centre Campus where he spent the morning touring the new building and meeting guests and students from around the local area.
In opening the building, The Duke of York followed in his father’s footsteps as the Wentworth Building is connected by walkways to the nearby Clifton Building, which was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh, in 1961.
His Royal Highness was welcomed by dignitaries including the, the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, The Master Cutler of Hallamshire, and the Deputy Leader and the Chief Executive of RMBC.
Gill Alton, Principal and Chief Executive of Rotherham College of Arts and Technology, had the honour of escorting His Royal Highness around the Wentworth Building and introduced him to students who showcased their skills and work.
Gill said: “It is a real honour for our newest building to be officially opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of York and his visit has made the occasion very special. Not only is it a celebration of a fantastic new educational facility for Rotherham, it is in recognition of the staff and students that make this college great.
“Students have played an important role in supporting the Royal visit by preparing demonstrations and acting as college photographers and ambassadors throughout the day. It has been a proud moment for everyone.”
His Royal Highness listened to engineering students who showcased the ‘classroom on the roof’ which features the solar panels responsible for the ‘green energy’ used throughout the building.
To leave a lasting legacy of his visit, The Duke of York unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion which will be displayed in the reception area of the Wentworth Building. 
Jack Griffiths, (17), a Level 3 Furniture Designing and Making student at the College was lucky enough to present His Royal Highness with a photograph, held in a frame which Jack made along with fellow furniture students, of the Duke of Edinburgh opening the College’s Clifton Building in 1961.

Source: RCAT