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Students get involved in repainting railings

Published on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

LOCAL college students are helping to spruce up a stretch of railings in the city centre.

A group of painting and decorating students from South Leicestershire College in South Wigston are getting some real work experience by repainting railings along Mill Lane, at its junction with Western Boulevard, close to the River Soar.

The work will take place from Tuesday 2 until Friday 12 May, so it will be completed in time for the city’s annual Riverside Festival, in June.

It is being partly funded by Westcotes ward community funding, with materials and other equipment donated by Johnstone’s Decorating Centre in Hinckley Road, which already works closely with the college’s decorating course organisers.

Head of parks and open spaces Stewart Doughty said: “This is a great chance for these college students to get the skills and experience they need as part of their course. The railings are really in need of a bit of a spruce up, so this work will be very well received locally.”

Paul Thornewell, painting and decorating lecturer at South Leicestershire College, added: “We are delighted to be involved in this project. It’s valuable work experience for our students, and it’s great to be involved in something which will benefit the whole community.”

Neil Foulds, store manager for Johnstone’s Decorating Centre, Hinckley Road, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to support such a worthwhile community initiative, which also allows us to support the next generation of professional decorators. We can’t wait to see the transformation of the area.”