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 achievements.

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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.

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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