If you've been reading over the last couple of days, you can't fail to have noticed that I've been up to Bradford. Actually, more accurately, I've been up to Shipley, but Bradford was high on the agenda because of the specific reason for the visit.
I was invited to an event which was taking place here.
A Grade II listed building, designed by Henry Francis Lockwood and William Mawson and opened in 1853, St George's Hall is a neoclassical style sandstone construction just across the square from City Hall.
The concert hall originally had a capacity of 3,500. After interior remodelling, that is now reduced to 1,500, but it is still an impressive place with tiered seating on three levels. My seat was waaaaaay up on tier three; the Grand Tier!, so I had a birds eye view of proceedings.
But what were these proceedings?
The stage is set...
This is more of a clue...
The academic dress is a bit of a giveaway isn't it?! The College dignitaries are out in force while the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress take centre seats. The banner hangs proudly, if slightly askew, right of stage, the college principal takes the podium and the official recorder is ready to document recordings.
I was here to share in the ceremony of my good friend's graduation! He's worked very hard for his 'Post Compulsory Education and Training' teaching qualification, studying long hours whilst continuing to work in a half-time job, plus fit in some college teaching (which comes coupled with much preparation). He richly deserves this celebration of his success!
He may well grin :)
Nice one Sacristan!