CUTTING-EDGE students picked up a string of medals in a national competition after winning their way through a regional contest.
Students from the hair and beauty department at East Durham College, in Peterlee, won the gongs after their stunning displays at the prestigious Associated Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) annual colleges’ competition.
The accolades come after they then travelled to compete against colleges from across the UK at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
Three students picked up medals at the fiercely competitive event, which attracted more than 2,000 people to the popular venue.
Level 2 hairdressing student Lisa Stoker, 31, from Peterlee, grabbed second place in the fantasy hair category, an improvement on last year that saw her finish with a highly commended fourth at the AHT National Finals.
NVQ Level 3 barber Shannon Cummings, 19, from Peterlee, also picked up a second place in the men’s creative designs and patterns category and another Level 3 barber Rachel Hodgeman, 21, from Hartlepool, was placed third in the same category, adding to her first place she won at the regional finals.
Simon Smith, curriculum leader for hair and beauty at the college, said it is great that the college won medals in the national competition.
Mr Smith said: “All the students performed really well in a tough competition at Blackpool, and it’s great to see the college come home with some medals. It was a really high standard, as always, and an amazing event to be a part of, there were over 2,000 people there. I’m delighted with the performance.”