We have two short stories from two students who studied courses in Hospitality, then known as Hotel Keeping. One of these students then went on to become a staff member at City College Norwich!
Glynis Knightsbridge studied at City College Norwich from 1967-1970. Directly after finishing her course, Glynis became a member of staff at City College, remaining here until 1979. Told in her own words below:
“I had 3 great years as a student at City College Norwich.
Next, starting work in August 1970, when the new building was about to open. I spent so many weeks counting 1000s of items of all the brand new equipment! As part of my role I also helped commission new equipment.
Part of my role was to provide all the support required by the teaching department. This included things such as purchasing, support staff, accounts.
For a time, we were also responsible for feeding residential students and holiday catering too!
Looking back, I recall being involved in a couple of firsts: the opening of the new department and the opening of Debut Restaurant to the public!
Although it has been 35 years since I left, I still have very fond memories of the college and the many friends I made.
I also have many memories of George Hind, who was head of department, running a tight ship he could be quite terrifying to both students and members of staff!
After attending college I moved to Nottingham, where the experience I gained at the College enabled me to teach catering until later when I converted to teaching in primary schools.”
Denise Solkin (was Dawson) was at City College from 1979-1980 and studied City & Guilds Hotel Reception.
She has many memories of her time at City College. One of her favourite memories is going to London on a day trip and visiting a top hotel in Hyde Park.
Another memory is when she went on work placement for 6 weeks to The George Hotel in Grantham.
Some memories from being at the College itself would include: Mrs A Fisher, the tutor and making many friends.
Were you at college with Denise, do you recall any of these experiences?
After College, Denise remained in the hospitality industry working in hotels until 1998. During that time she had a successful career, managing to work her way up from receptionist to front of house manager!