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Ilford bricklayer wins national competition hosted by Havering College

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 February 2020

L-R: Judge Dean Degun, winner Alfred Thompson and judge Paul Eaglestone. Picture: Julia Borland

L-R: Judge Dean Degun, winner Alfred Thompson and judge Paul Eaglestone. Picture: Julia Borland

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An Ilford bricklayer was the winner of this year's Best in London Brick Competition at Havering College's Rainham campus.

Contestants competing in the Best in London bricklaying 2020 competition at Havering College in Rainham. Picture: Julia BorlandContestants competing in the Best in London bricklaying 2020 competition at Havering College in Rainham. Picture: Julia Borland

Havering College in New Road hosted the UK-wide competition on Monday, February 3 which saw bricklayers compete to build a detailed structure from a bespoke diagram within a six-hour timeframe.

Ilford contestant Alfred Thompson, who is employed by Swift Brickwork Contractors, was the top winner of the event which is sponsored by building products manufacturer, Forterra.

Contestants competing in the Best in London bricklaying 2020 competition at Havering College in Rainham. Picture: Julia BorlandContestants competing in the Best in London bricklaying 2020 competition at Havering College in Rainham. Picture: Julia Borland

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The judges, Paul Eaglestone, contracts manager at Stak Construction, and Dean Degun, senior project manager at Swift, commented on the hard task they had in choosing a winner.

Contestants competing in the Best in London bricklaying 2020 competition at Havering College in Rainham. Picture: Julia BorlandContestants competing in the Best in London bricklaying 2020 competition at Havering College in Rainham. Picture: Julia Borland

Dean said: "There was such good quality on display here today, some lovely workmanship.

"I'd have every single one of the competitors working for me on my team."

Contestants competing in the Best in London bricklaying 2020 competition at Havering College in Rainham. Picture: Julia BorlandContestants competing in the Best in London bricklaying 2020 competition at Havering College in Rainham. Picture: Julia Borland

Bob Noseda, Havering Colleges' sector skills adviser, added: "Many of our bricklaying students came along to watch the experts in action, which we hope will motivate and inspire them - who knows, some may even compete in years to come."

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