College history book will help to boost Royal British Legion funds

70th birthday book launch

THE first copies of City College Peterborough’s history book have been snapped up hot off the press – going some way to raising £1,000 for the Royal British Legion.

As the home of adult education in Peterborough, the college is celebrating its milestone with a book charting its history from the opening in 1944 to the present day.

The launch, which was attended by around 75 people, saw past and present students enjoying the first look at the book, which took eight months to research.

An army of dedicated volunteers, students and members of the public have worked hard to put the book together, under the guidance of college tutor and local author Tim Wilson.

The research for the book included searching through city and the college’s own archives, conducting face to face interviews with past and present students, members of staff and principals and delving into Peterborough’s photographic past.

Guests attending the launch – which was timed to co-incide with the WW1 commemorative celebrations on August 4- included Royal British Legion representatives Chris Waite and Tom Cochrane.

A donation from the sale of each book will be given to the college’s chosen charity – the Royal British Legion. Around 600 copies have been printed initially and are on sale from college, priced £5.

Proceeds from other events, including the 1940’s day and buffet and dance evening on September 6 at Peterborough’s Town Hall, will also be donated to RBL – which once had its headquarters at the college’s current site in Brook Street.

It is expected that by the end of the year, around £1,000 will have been raised for the good cause.

City College Peterborough principal Pat Carrington said: “The history book project has been a fantastic experience for all connected with it – the culmination of which is an absolutely wonderful factual, pictorial and anecdotal history of the college from its opening in 1944 to the present day.”

Tickets for the 1940’s event are on sale now from the college 01733 761361 priced £15 per person.

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