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A former Northampton College student has been shortlisted for a ‘Male Role Model’ award for his work mentoring, guiding and inspiring young people.

Andrew Little, aged 65, was a finalist in the Male Role Model of the Year awards having been nominated by his daughter, Gina Brett.

A late learner, Andrew recently passed his maths and English GCSEs having spent three years studying at Booth Lane. He now works as a mentor to current students.

Gina said: “My dad has inspired other students to overcome diversity and encouraging them all the way, even going as far as buying each of them a dictionary at Christmas. He now volunteers two days a week at the college, mentoring and supporting individuals and groups, helping and supporting them in their studies.

“One student saw him in passing recently and said to my dad that if it wasn’t for him he would have quit college by now. We are so grateful to him and very proud of what he is doing.”

Mr Little was narrowly beaten to the title by Robert Allen for his work in the community, setting up community football club Sands United. The club brings together dads that have lost babies at birth or through miscarriage and has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

This is the first year of the Male Role Model of the Year Awards which aim to recognise the important contributions local men and boys make in their community, families, schools and workplace.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “We are pleased to have received so many nominations for the Male Role Model of the Year Awards, during its first year.

“I want to thank the judging panel for assisting me with the difficult task of shortlisting the nominations. All the nominees were extremely deserving.”

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Hospitality and catering students from Northampton College were given the chance to showcase their skills on one of the county's biggest stages when they were brought in to help man the kitchens at the Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards.

A number of students had the opportunity to work alongside award-winning chef Lee Scott and prepare a sumptuous three course meal at the glittering event, held at the Royal & Derngate theatre to celebrate the county's thriving food and drink industry.

More than 500 guests tucked into game terrine, fillet of beef and a pressed apple terrine, with former Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers among those impressed with the students' work.

Musical theatre students also had their spell in the spotlight, performing two routines during the drinks reception.

Meanwhile, former Booth Lane student Arthur Dzerins was named the winner of the coveted Young Chef of the Year category. One of the judges was Simon Dyer, himself a former college student who has recently landed a new job as executive chef to Richard Branson on the exclusive Necker Island in the Caribbean.

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