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A sparkling occasion - our Prizegiving
Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 and tagged as Education
The world's shipping glitterati were out in force in London. The
occasion was the annual prizegiving for examination candidates for
the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
Flashbulbs were flashing and popping at London's Trinity House
where this glittering occasion was celebrated. The weather was mild
for late October and the rain held off as guests arrived.
They were greeted by a guard of honour from the Sea Cadet
Corp and the Royal Marine Cadets.
The guests were led up the curved staircase to the quarterdeck
and thence along the corridor to the Library, where a string
quartet played from the gallery.
There, the lights from sparkling chandeliers reflected off the
corporation's fabulous antique silver collection dating back to the
early 17th century. The worthy prize winners were
presented with their awards and photographed to record their
The Institute reported numbers of nearly 2,000 students, 6,000
exam papers across 91 examination centres around the world. The
subjects ranged from Introduction to Shipping, through Offshore
Supply Industry to Maritime Law and Port Agency. Some of the exam
results were spectacular. This gives the Institute a great deal of
comfort for the future. But we must not sit on our laurels, but
must continue to strive to achieve scholastic excellence; a goal
which is good for the Institute and deserving of our students in
their career developments.
Guests were then served with refreshments in the Luncheon Room
and the Court Room. The latter holds the second largest single-loom
carpet in the British Isles, the largest being in Windsor Castle.
Oil paintings of previous Masters of Trinity House by the likes
Gainsborough and Beechey gazed down on the throng.
When the Library was re-confirgured, guests invited back and
were served with drinks and canapés.
Previously the Institute's prizegiving was held at lunchtime.
This is the second year running that it has been held in the
evening. The high turnout and complimentary comments are a tribute
to this decision.
More photos from the event are available here http://markdalton.zenfolio.com/cs
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