Boris surprises college students in Manchester

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, visits Hopwood Hall College to mark the launch of the Levelling Up White Paper. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson surprised students at Hopwood Hall College in Manchester yesterday to mark the launch of his Levelling Up White Paper.

Hopwood Hall College offers young people vocational courses and short programmes in the community including GCSE English and maths, and foundation degree level qualifications.

The college was officially opened by the Queen in 1992 and now offers over 200 courses including programmes in building maintenance, painting and decorating, plastering, plumbing and sports science.

Notable alumni include WBO female flyweight boxing champion Nicola Adams, journalist Shelina Begum and Emmerdale actor Cleveland Campbell.

Students were stunned when Mr Johnson walked into their classes and they immediately took to social media to express their excitement at meeting the PM.

One excited student said on Twitter.

“I can’t believe Boris just walked into my class and I shook his hand!”

Another on Instagram exclaimed:

“The campus was buzzing! I couldn’t believe it when I saw it was BoJo! Made my day.”

The Prime Minister received a warm welcome and was impressed with the college’s facilities and range of courses.

A statement on the Hopwood Hall College said:

“It’s not every day you get to meet the leader of the country! We’re thrilled that our students had the opportunity to show off their skills for the Prime Minister. What an amazing experience – they certainly demonstrated how much talent we have in our community!”

One student who demonstrated to the Prime Minister how to lay bricks said:

“The Prime Minister has skills. He’d make a good brickie. He was really quick and said it he liked doing it. He said it was therapeutic. It was great to meet him.”

The Prime Minister happily posed for photographs with the students before heading back to London.

Pictures by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street.
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