TV star Mathew Horne was on hand to open a college’s new £1.2 million centre.

The Gavin and Stacey actor offered words of wisdom to the students of Lakes College when he joined for the opening of a new 14 – 19 special education centre.

The centre focuses on enhancing the development of the provision and students with learning difficulties or disabilities.

It will be the main base for the college’s vocational arts offer which includes the college’s new performing arts programmes.

Mathew said: “I sincerely hope the work that is going to be here can give people the experience and creative satisfaction I had at a very young age and inspiration to believe it can be done – or, if not that, at very least a sense of friendship and fun.”

Principal Cath Richardson said: “We were delighted to welcome Mathew to join us in our celebrations for the launch of the new centre. His advice has proved to be very inspiring to the students.”

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