Crawley College gave residents an opportunity to take a stroll down memory lane recently.
Earlier this month, service industry students at the college held a very special afternoon tea to celebrate the town’s 75th
Locals snapped up tickets and enjoyed a sumptuous serving of tea, cakes and sandwiches, with virtually everything – including the bread – made by hospitality & catering students and served by cabin crew and travel & tourism students at the college.
Jean Elmer has lived in Crawley for more than 60 years, moving to Tilgate with a young family, and she was one of many reminiscing at the event.
She was also full of praise for the students’ efforts. She said: “The students were smiley and they must have been under a lot of pressure, facing so many people. The food was very tasty.
“I want to say a huge thank you to the tutors, the students and the organisers for celebrating Crawley becoming 75.
“I have been here since 1958, when we arrived at Tilgate with an eight-week-old baby. We moved to a three-bedroom house, having a choice at the time of three or four. There was no pavement, no local shops – vans used to come around with the necessities.
“I am grateful for my life here.”
Vicki Illingworth, Principal of Crawley College, added: “What a truly lovely celebration of the town’s anniversary.
“It was wonderful to share the occasion with so people who have seen the town grow and develop.
“The students did a fabulous job at putting together a beautiful afternoon tea, filled with treats and to such a high quality – they should be extremely proud of their work.”
The college’s 58 Restaurant is open to the public, and available for bookings. To find out more, visit www.crawley.ac.uk/58restaurant
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