On Sunday 11th March, Digbeth Campus once again opened its doors to welcome the public to celebrate the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade, which takes place in the Digbeth area of Birmingham. The parade kicked off with the Emerald Mile run, this year sponsored by the college. Runners included lucky leprechauns, Mrs Brown, and some of her family. Thousands lined the high street and were entertained by the convoy of musicians, dancers, floats, scooters and our college cars joined the cavalcade.
After the parade, revellers descended on the campus to enjoy the refreshments put on in the canteen and the fantastic entertainment in the Auditorium –One Three Seven our college band, Lampa and the Father Teds; they all played to a packed audience. The Lord Mayor and Len Cale, the Brummie St Patrick stopped by to join in our celebrations and enjoyed a bite to eat in the viewing area on the 3rd floor, which also included guests from our college business network, InBusiness.
Jeanie Doyle, Director for Estates said “Each year we aim to welcome our visitors and showcase the campus to people who wouldn’t normally come in to a college. The number of repeat visits each year, including the acts who perform on the auditorium stage is a sign of how much people enjoy celebrating this local community event with us at the college. The success on the day is down to the hard work of large group of our staff and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who worked to make the St Patrick Day Parade a success again this year. Not forgetting all the hard work that goes on after the parade day has finished in getting the campus ‘back to normal’ for the arrival of students on Monday morning!”