Chart-topping band opens new campus

Multi-million record-selling band Scouting For Girls opened South Essex College’s new £45m Thurrock campus.

The college, which already had campuses in Southend and Basildon, put on a concert on Tuesday (November 4) to celebrate the launch.

The concert also featured student bands Different People, Twenty One and Such Strange Arts.

Tickets to the free event were snapped up by students, staff and members of the local community who were also treated to a hog roast and barbecue by hospitality learners.

As well performing a gig, members of Scouting for Girls pushed a plunger to start a spectacular light show at the end of the evening.

Level three performing arts student Mica Pengelly, aged 17, said: “We’ve had a great night.

“The food was delicious and I was so excited to see Scouting for Girls perform.”

The new campus features specialist engineering and construction workshops, hair and beauty salons and classrooms for technology, media and creative arts courses. There is also a restaurant and coffee shop.

Principal Angela O’Donoghue said: “The event was a great way of getting the local community involved. The bands were fantastic and the hospitality students surpassed themselves.”

Scouting For Girls have sold more than two million records and hit number one in the UK charts in 2010 with their single This Ain’t a love Song.


Picture caption: Scouting for Girls performing at South Essex College’s new Thurrock campus