Thu, 07 January 2010
Tameside College welcomed a large golden Buddha to it’s home in the Dovestones garden with a special ceremony to mark the event. The President of The Institute of Thai Arts and Culture UK, Krin Sirisambhand, asked if the Buddha could be housed at the college where he felt it would be highly valued and well respected.
Thai monks blessed the Buddha as it was unveiled in the grounds by Principal Peter Ryder and The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor, John Sullivan. The Principal addressed guests in Thai in the Courtyard Theatre and expressed his gratitude towards the Thai community, explaining how the college is honoured to have received the Buddha. The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor, John Sullivan welcomed all international students to the borough of Tameside and wished them every success with their studies.
Master Kaya Dundee performed a Wai Khru routine before a class of Thai boxers performed Muay Thai moves for the guests, impressing everyone with their skills. The ceremony concluded with songs by Filipino students, and the national anthem of Thailand from the Thai community.
Staff were very impressed with the event and felt that it was a fantastic welcome to our International students.