On the 10th October 2012, Enter CIC were visited by the Chairman of County Durham Council (Councillor Linda Marshall) and the Vice Chairman of County Durham Council (Councillor Pauline Charlton). Our staff and young people were delighted to welcome the dignitaries to our Wednesday evening session. We were also delighted to welcome Councillor David Farry to the event and members of Northern Acchord who performed on stage with our Young People in The Wind Road Boys production.
Both the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of County Durham Council attended Enter CICs recent performance of The Wind Road Boys at Sunderland Empire Theatre. Shortly after the event we were contacted by the Chairman’s office to inform us that she would very much like to visit our establishment in order to personally congratulate our young people on their performance and level of achievement.
Upon arrival both the Chairman and Vice Chairman were presented with flowers from three of our students. Our young people then performed the song ‘Sing’ composed by Gary Barlow in honor of the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Following this our upper school performed another showstopping number.
After the performance the young people were individually presented to the Chairman and Vice Chairman and all of them had their photographs taken with the dignitaries. In addition to this Simon Stewart one of our volunteers was awarded an Outstanding Commitment for Volunteering Services to Enter CIC. The Chairman also presented Members of Northern Acchord with an Outstanding Achievement Award for their contribution to The Wind Road Boys. Cameron Gough was awarded ‘Outstanding Pupil of the Year’ award and Otis King received the ‘Enter CIC Ambassadors Award’. Many more pupils received awards for their participation in fundraising initiatives and performance achievements.
The Chairman congratulated all of our young people on their performances and informed them that she had seen many West End productions, but said that The Wind Road Boys was one of the best productions she had ever seen and the production was just as good as any West End Production. She also commented on the productions historical commentary and said that she had learnt a lot about the mining conditions and particularly the role that young people had played in the mines at the turn of the century.
It was a superb evening and enjoyed by all. We would also like to extend our gratitude to the Chairman for making a donation of £200.00 to Enter CIC from the Chairman’s Fund. We will make sure this is put to good use to benefit all of our young people.