The new £66 million Bournville College was launched with a bang last night, hosting a glittering “It’s Amazing” themed launch party for local dignatories, councillors and VIPs.
We spotted the Lord Mayor Anita Ward, Councillor Andy Cartwright (Longbridge) and Bournville councillors Tim Huxtable and Rob Sealey. Also present were ex-Lord Mayor Ian McArdle and long serving (retired!) councillor Stan Banting.
MG Motor provided a chauffeur service, taxiing VIPs from the car park on Bristol Road South to the reception in the new MG6 GT.
Organised by Birmingham’s Big Cat Events, the evening started in the spacious area inside the college known as “The Street” where attendees were welcomed with drinks and nibbles and enjoyed entertainment from a string quartet, the wonderful Notorious choir and a dance flash mob by Rosie Kay Dance Company. The evening was hosted by Capital FM’s Katy and Dan.
The college was then opened by a group of ex-Rover workers on the site of their old workplace, marking a move forward in the redevelopment of the area.
Attendees were given a guided tour of the college and heard speeches from college Principal Norman Cave and TV personality Chris Tarrant.
A moving video was shown at the event, portraying about the history of the college and the influence and legacy of George Cadbury. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view.
A digital time capsule was created where staff and students, past and present, added photos and stories.
The night was brought to a close with a spectacular firework display (which brought a mixed reaction from B31 readers who heard and / or saw the display as far away as Kings Norton – from oooh to ahhh to wow to grrrrrrr!)
We had to leave early (booo!) but managed to grab a few photos: (click for larger)
You can view the #BournvilleAmazing hashtag on twitter to see how the event went.