HRH The Earl Of Wessex officially opened South Essex College’s new Thurrock Campus today.
The Grays town centre site was treated to a visit by the Earl, who unveiled a plaque to officially mark the opening of the Â£45 million building.
The Earl was escorted around the College by Principal and Chief Executive, Angela O’Donoghue and Chairman of the Corporation of South Essex College, Mr Richard Launder.
Professional Cookery students put together a buffet lunch for the VIP guest. The Earl also toured some vocational course workshops including Costume and Set Design, Painting and Decorating and Carpentry and Joinery.
The Earl spent time talking to students plus academic and support staff, asking them their views on the new College.
Angela O’Donoghue, Principal and Chief Executive of South Essex College, said: “We are honoured to have HRH The Earl Of Wessex officially open our new Campus. It has been a privilege to welcome a member of the Royal household to the College and show the fantastic facilities to such a distinguished guest.
“Since we opened our doors in September last year, we have already seen hundreds more students studying brand new programmes in state-of-the-art classrooms. We have seen Grays High Street alive with activity with students spending their money in the local shops.
“What’s more, we can be confident that this campus will go from strength-to-strength in the years to come.”