Newbury College set the stage for a glittering Prom Fair on Thursday 04 April, as school leavers across West Berkshire prepare for the biggest night of their social calendar.
The event, which was supported by Newbury Weekly News and Parkway Shopping, attracted some big name exhibitors from the worlds of fashion, fitness and more to the College's unique, indoor marquee.
School proms have become a cultural phenomenon in recent years, with preparations for the big night getting under way months in advance.
For those young people who were still undecided about what to wear or how to wear it, the Prom Fair was an excellent opportunity to get clued up in the latest trends from Parkway stores Monsoon, New Look and Topman; discover timeless classics with Isabel's Retro & Vintage Clothing and receive expert advice on hair and makeup styling from Andrea King, CJ Beauty & Co, Holly Heimsoth Beauty, Pin It Grip It and Simply Hairlicious, as well as live demonstrations by Hair and Beauty students from the College's own Intuition Salons.
Students from the Newbury College Performing Arts course, a new programme that runs in partnership with Kingsclere Performing Arts College, modelled a range of affordable looks, from classic suits and dresses, to more adventurous outfits for those who dare to make a statement.
Local dressmaker and Newbury College dressmaking tutor, Kim Broughton, was also on hand to offer prom-goers advice on tailoring and customisation.
Other exhibitors included Anytime Fitness, Cascade Events, Chequers Hotel, Dark Star Discos, Double Tree by Hilton, Regency Park Hotel, Infinity Roses, Lucy Booths, NightLights, Nuffield Health, Rosie’s Retro & Vintage Studio and Sweet Stories, all offering their services to help make the moment memorable.
Naomi Cripps, Marketing Manager for Newbury College, said: "This is the first time we have run an event like this and it was fantastic to receive the support of so many big brands and local businesses.
"It was an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the talents of our students, as well as our indoor marquee, which transforms the Sports Hall into a unique venue for weddings, parties and other celebrations.
"Newbury College is well-known for offering an exceptional range of opportunities for school leavers to continue their education through career-focussed courses and apprenticeships. The Prom Fair is just one more way we are supporting young people and local businesses in our community."
To find out more about the opportunities available to school leavers at Newbury College, hiring the indoor marquee or to book yourself in for a pre-prom treatment in one of the College's training salons, search Newbury College or visit the Monks Lane campus.