HUNDREDS of people braved the rain to celebrate the official launch of the new South Essex College Campus in Grays town centre on Tuesday.
The Â£45million Campus played host to a number of student bands who showcased their musical talents before Scouting for Girls took to the stage.
Tickets to the free event were snapped up by students, staff and members of the local community who were also treated to a delicious hog roast and barbecue.
At the end of the evening, students and Scouting for Girls pushed the plunger to start a spectacular light show and mark the official opening of the College.
Principal Angela O’Donoghue said the evening was a fantastic way to showcase the new College. She said: “The event was a great way of getting the local community involved. The student bands were fantastic and the hospitality students surpassed themselves helping to feed those who attended.
“We want the College to be a part of the Thurrock community, this was the perfect way to get local people involved and to see what we can offer the people of Grays as well as the wider population.”
Lots of students attended and had plenty of positive things to say about the event. Mica Pengelly, 17, said: “We’ve had a great night, even if the weather hasn’t been the best. The food was delicious and I was so excited to see Scouting for Girls perform.”
Scouting for Girls were very impressed with the new College. Drummer, Pete Ellard, said: “It’s an honour to play this opening show, I went to a vocational College similar to this one and the facilities here are top class.”