Doing Nicely: My Christmas number one

John Nice

John Nice - Credit: Su Anderson

What is the title of a former Christmas number one single that most sums up your year?

Mine would have to be Mr Blobby’s 1993 effort as since hitting my forties – I’ve put on a few pounds.

This year’s Christmas number one will no doubt be a hotly contested affair.

We will find out the winner soon enough during the traditional Christmas day episode of Top of the Pops.

From a college perspective, I thought I would reflect on ten 2015 moments using former Christmas number one song titles.


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So - in at ten – we were singing Hallelujah at this year’s Suffolk Show thanks to superb work across the showground – with awards going to floristry and horticultural students.

At nine – our farming students wished they could have Stayed Another Day when they competed for team GB in an agricultural competition in Luxembourg.

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At eight – several construction awards for our Suffolk based students will help them be able to work on Skyscrapers in the future.

And at seven – even more generations of students can take Fix It like Bob the Builder courses thanks to our new Norfolk construction skills centre.

At number six – our former apprentice shepherd – who ended up gaining a degree – is making sure Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (and other reindeer) are well looked after at a local festive fayre.

Our Otley campus were Feeling Fine when we welcomed thousands of visitors to our annual family fun day. (Next year’s event takes place on Sunday, June 12 ).

Charities were Always on our Mind as staff and students from all departments raised thousands of pounds for a variety of causes including EACH, the Guide Dogs, Help for Heroes and Age UK to name but four.

At three – we gladly said Hello to our new principal (David Henley) and sadly said Goodbye to our former principal (David Lawrence).

In at two – our marketing department Had a Dream when they created a primary school competition that challenged youngsters to draw pictures of futuristic tractors.

And since 2 became 1 – and Easton and Otley united in 2012 – We Will Always Love the many people who support us.

We understand it’s a Mad World at times, and I don’t want to say Something Stupid, however, to the businesses we work with, the students who learn with us and our staff who work for us – thank you – and Merry Xmas Everyone.

For more information on Easton and Otley College and the courses they run in Norfolk and Suffolk, go to their website: www.eastonotley.ac.uk

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