Melvin Partridge was a student from 1965 to 1970, studying Electrical Installations. He remembers his lecturer, Mr Hanson, Bunsen burners and the soldering irons in the practical workshop.
After earning his qualification and leaving college, Melvin has been in a variety of roles. These have included Middle Management at Eastern Electricity, Stage Electrician at Cromer Pier and director at MJ & NM Partridge Electrical LED Lighting Shop and Contracting.
His final role was as a fireman from 1978-2001, becoming Watch Manager from 2001 until his retirement in 2014.
Denis Swallow was a construction student at City College Norwich from 1966 to 1967, he told us…..
“I loved my time at the college and was delighted to receive 96% in my first year exam!
All the tutors were great guys, very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of the carpentry workshop tutor – he was probably in his sixties, a very clever man who taught me a lot.
What can I say? Great people and a great college, I had some good times!
I had to move with my parents so ended up finishing my education at Walthamstow College. One of my favourite things was the canteen at City College. It served great food (although for lunch I used to walk up to the Castle, I loved it there).
I love Norwich and will remember my time there in the sixties for the rest of my life.
Thank you Norwich College.”
Jonathon Skipper was a student from 1989 to 1992, studying Painting & Decorating, Scaffolding and Construction Site Procedures.
He tells us:
“My main tutor, Mr Dave Yuille, was an inspiring man who had previously worked in Government Youth Rehabilitation Centres. This meant our group of 12 rowdy 16-year-olds were effortlessly controlled and directed!
I’ve always considered myself indebted to Mr Yuille for the sound advice he offered. This was not only professionally related but also in life lessons. He embedded the importance of purchasing a property rather than renting and the necessity to always try to achieve my best and to never be a quitter if I wanted to become a leader!
My other fond memories are of his assistants:
Ron used to scour riverbanks in his spare time looking for swan feathers for us to use when creating faux effects, such as marbling.
Brian Savory, would tell us stories about 1950’s cockney London, the most memorable being when a young Bruce Forsyth owned a Wedding Car rental service and failed to collect his sister on her big day! This resulted in a search for the future light entertainer and said vehicle!
Since leaving College I’ve travelled the whole of the UK as well as through France, Portugal and Spain, for both business and pleasure. Building upon the base skills learnt during my apprenticeship and time at City College, I settled and purchased a house in NE Thailand.
I currently work in Kuala Lumpur as a Consultant for a Global Project Management Company. My current task is to engage with developers and contractors, assisting with the fitting out of high end commercial, retail & hospitality projects and advising on heritage restoration throughout SE Asia.”