Apprentices celebrated by Richmond’s Company of Fellmongers

The apprentices with, from left, Stuart Parsons, Mayor of Richmond, Baroness Hale, Master of the Fellmongers and Barry Dodds, Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire.

Richmond’s Company of Fellmongers have celebrated the success of local apprentices.

Fifteen apprentices from a wide range of industries were presented with medals and certificates of achievement on Friday at Richmond Town Hall.

The presentation was conducted by Baroness Hale, Master Fellmonger, and Barry Dodds, Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire.

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Richmond’s Mayor, Stuart Parsons, welcomed each apprentice to the town.

afterwards, the Fellmongers celebrated the apprentices’ success with food and wine, all shared with parents, employers, teachers and friends.

Talking to the apprentices, Baroness Hale stressed how every community and every industry depended on the quality of its apprentices to ensure that the next generation flourished.

She said they were and still are the bedrock.

The Lord Lieutenant spoke to them about his own beginnings as an apprentice at ICI and encouraged the apprentices to aim high in their careers.

John McDonald, who organised the evening on behalf of the Fellmongers, said: “Once more, it has been a great success.

“This is our third year of running an awards evening. The young people here tonight come from a wide range of industries, from heritage craft skills through to financial advisors.

“Each one has shown great talent in their chosen field and we want them to feel how successful they have been.

“Then they can continue to be successful in their lives.”

Plans are already in place for a fourth awards evening in 2019.

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