Lenny Henry to open new University Campus

ONE of Britain s best-loved comedians will officially declare Weston College s new University Campus open next month.

ONE of Britain’s best-loved comedians will officially declare Weston College’s new University Campus open’ next month.

Lenny Henry will entertain students and staff and cut the ribbon at the site off Loxton Road, on November 12.

The popular funny man will have a guided tour of the facilities, which opened in time for the new academic year in September.

Lenny, who has recently completed an Open University course himself, will work alongside youngsters in the campus’s new television studio.

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College principal, Dr Paul Phillips, said: “We are all really excited about Lenny’s visit.

“I am delighted that while he is in Weston he has agreed to visit us and celebrate the opening of University Campus.

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“As well as being one of Britain’s best-known and loved TV personalities he is a passionate supporter of education.

“Having combined a successful career with charity work and studying for a degree, he will be a great role model for our students.”

Lenny is currently touring the UK with his Where You From? show and he will be performing for audiences at The Playhouse in Weston on November 11.

The Weston & Somerset Mercury will keep readers up-to-date with the comedian’s plans for the following day, when he opens University Campus, over the coming weeks.

University Campus, which cost an estimated £15million to build, offers degree level courses in association with other further education centres in the South West and also houses the college’s art and design and music departments.

The site also has its own two-storey sixth form area, The Jill Dando Centre, with seminar rooms, computer suites and science laboratories and is linked to two others by a spectacular glass covered bridge overlooking the front of the site.

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