Doncaster to host national wallpapering championships

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Doncaster is set to be the setting for a national wallpapering contest next month.

Apprentices from across the UK will descend on the town for the annual Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year competition which will take place at The Hub at Doncaster College.

The event, organised by the nation’s largest trade body for the industry - the Painting and Decorating Association - will see trainees go head to head in front of an expert panel.

Entrants will each decorate a booth from a kit provided, while eagle-eyed judges assess their work.

The winner of the hotly-contested Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year award will be announced at the PDA National Conference Gala Dinner in November and presented with a cash prize and goody bag from award sponsor Brewers.

Chief Executive of the PDA, Neil Ogilvie, said: “Hanging wallpaper is a precise art – something that these apprentices will have been perfecting over many months.

“Our expert judges will be looking out for a professional and methodical approach with excellent application skills and attention to detail.

“We are delighted to bring the competition to Waterfront campus in Doncaster and are looking forward to an exciting contest.”

The Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year competition will be held at the state-of-the-art painting and decorating department at Doncaster College’s The Hub on October 7.

The judging panel will include PDA North East Regional President, Dave Woods and Immediate Past North East Regional President, Alan Pearson, who will award marks based on strict criteria including pattern positioning, trimming, working safely and good housekeeping.

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