Yorkshire painting and decorating students brushed up their skills to give a hotel ballroom a makeover.

The level one, two and three learners from Doncaster College had four weeks to transform the Danum Hotel’s “old lady” to meet the deadline for prebooked wedding receptions.

Lecturer Neil Preskey said students got site experience and practised specialist skills. “Plus, we want to build relationships with the community and help local businesses so it was an excellent project to do,” he said.

The learners carried out all the work, from risk assessments, health and safety, through basic preparation to high level skills such as gold leafing.

They chose a ‘classic modern’ colour scheme of browns and off-whites.

Danum general manager Dawn McCabe said: “It looks wonderful and it’s given the ‘old lady’ extra life… so a massive thank you.”

Featured image caption: The Danum Hotel ballroom after its month-long makeover

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