Former Engineering Lecturer William Brade has celebrated his 100th birthday with a visit to his old workplace, Farnborough College of Technology.
Mr Brade worked at the College for 22 years from 1965 to 1987, a time which saw great change at the campus which was largely re-built during the 1980s. His special visit on 16th June gave him the chance to see what other changes have happened since, with a visit to the latest engineering facilities and a light lunch. He was joined by family and carers who also enjoyed taking in the sights and sounds of the College.
His tour of the College took in the Aerospace and Automotive Academy’s welding and fabrication workshop, the College’s new Aerospace Research and Innovation Centre, and a familiar walk to Mr Brade – the glass corridor that spans the length of the campus. Guiding Mr Brade through the facilities was Scott Hutton, Head of Engineering, and Matthew Wilkie, Director of Human Resources.
Reflecting on his time at the College, Mr Brade said:
“Thank you very much indeed. I enjoyed being here, I talked to the students and told them to set an objective in life and to achieve it. That’s what I did!”
Mr Brade spoke to Principal CEO Virginia Barrett and Chair of Governors Martin Earwicker.
“It was a joy to see William in the College on his special day. He clearly enjoyed his time teaching here and I hope his visit brought back some precious memories. From everyone at Farnborough College of Technology, happy birthday!”.