'It's the Dome, but not as we know it, Scotty...'
So might Captain Kirk have said on being transported to our Fair on Saturday. It felt like a city centre in microcosm: neat streets back to back with over sixty enterprises advertising their wares to a bustling array of families, teenagers and young adults all bent on defining (or redefining) their futures. The sense of energy and purposefulness was invigorating, and the welcomes given wherever one turned were genuinely warm and full of passion for what was on offer. From start-ups to the very well known, from local to nation to international, from apprenticeships to universities, from hi-tech and digital to care and service.
The flow of visitors was fantastic, right from the start, and there was barely a quiet moment on any of the stands; regular talks on matters such as finance, apprenticeships and interviews fed into the day as well and made sure that everyone left with plenty to think about, contacts to pursue, and ideas to explore.
Many, many thanks to the quite brilliant organising team under the leadership of Mrs Brown and Mrs Woodmansee, to the prefects who kept the day so well on course for visitors unfamiliar to our site, and of course to the exhibitors who gave their time so enthusiastically (and in such style) to make the occasion go with the swing that it did.
And if you were there, our thanks to you too for taking up such a great opportunity: you were one of over five hundred to make the best possible use of the occasion.