Nelson & Colne College says farewell to five long-serving staff


Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form is sad to be saying goodbye to five long-serving staff members this year who, between them, have inspired and educated at the college for 201 years!

Saying goodbye are Roger Richardson, an engineering tutor with 40 years’ service, Jim Dwyer, former head of hospitality and catering with 36 years’ service, Christine Bottomley, tutor in the department of humanities and social sciences with 35 years’ service, Dave Smith, another engineering tutor with 33 years’ service, Christine Farrington, a section leader in the hospitality and catering department with 32 years’ service and Mike Smith, a member of the senior management team and director of curriculum, with 25 years’ service.

A college spokesman said: “Their contribution to the outstanding success of the college cannot be disputed and they will be sadly missed by the staff they worked with and the students they have taught.”

As well as being honoured at the annual staff recognition event, the group also arranged a social event, named “the great escape” which was a great success.

College principal Lyn Surgeon said: “I would like to thank our long serving staff for all the dedication and enthusiasm they have shown for education and Nelson and Colne College over the years. They have provided inspiration and encouragement to countless students during their time teaching at the college and their outstanding contribution to the local community and education in general is commendable.”