The theme for this year’s Gala Dinner was ‘what a wonderful world’ and our hairdressing, beauty, hospitality and catering students and apprentices excelled once again by providing an excellent three course gala dinner, alongside their hair and make-up show, which took place at Heswall Hall last week.

A night of fabulous food and entertainment showcased the talents of Wirral Met’s students and apprentices, who have worked hard throughout the year to develop their skills and experience, in addition to gaining their qualifications.

 With six external judges, competition was fierce and standards were high. Wirral Met College was delighted to welcome Brian Quinn from Training Plus Merseyside, John Graham from Toni & Guy, Holly Dobson, Saints salon owner, Nicola Ogden-Davies, Freelance Make-up Artist, Angela Connelly, Bien Hair and Beauty salon owner and Michelle Harding, Make-up Artist and Lecturer at the college, who judged the hairdressing, beauty and make-up competitions. 

Wirral Met’s hairdressing, beauty therapy, fashion and photographic make-up students and apprentices have been working since February 2016 on a wide range of themes for the competition.

The judging for the competition encompassed various stages, with marks given for hygiene and professionalism, application technique, design and overall look. As the students initially prepared their models, they were observed by the judges. The models then went on to the catwalk for the final judging, to the loud applause of the guests, who included the students’ families and friends, and employers who also went along to support their apprentices. 

The winners of the awards were as follows:

Hairdressing Level 2
First place: Lola Haygarth

Hairdressing Level 2 Apprentices
First place: Laura Lally

Hairdressing Level 3
First place: Andrea Atherton

Beauty Level 2
First place: Tasha Griffiths

Fashion and Photographic Make-up
First place Group 1: Caroline Crane

The college was very grateful to the sponsors of the event including Wella, Dennis Williams, Salon Services and Wirral Met College’s Students’ Union.

Not to be outdone by the hairdressing and beauty students, the catering students also excelled by serving up canapés and a themed three course gala dinner to over 100 guests. Starting with a classic Greek salad followed by Hungarian Chicken with a tomato, sherry and paprika cream sauce. For dessert there was a chocolate fondant filled fancy, snow capped with chocolate cream surrounded by an azure sea to finish off the perfect culinary experience. 

The proceeds from the raffle which raised £164.00 will be donated to the College’s nominated charity, North West Cancer Research.



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