18th January 2002

 

 MACE BEARER NO STRANGER TO CEREMONIES

 

Former RAF instructor Alec Bolding will be in the spotlight at an awards ceremony for the University of Lincoln - only two weeks after he landed the job.

 

Bolding (46) will perform the role of mace bearer for the annual postgraduate awards ceremony at Hull City Hall next week.

 

 “I just applied and luckily I got the job,” said Mr Bolding.  “I’m now a jack-of-all-trades dealing with everything from student driving instructing to being the Vice Chancellor’s chauffeur.”

 

The ceremony, which takes place at 2.30pm on Friday 25th January won’t be completely new for Mr Bolding, who has 23 years of experience with the RAF as an instructor on initial officer training.

 

“I’m used to many different ceremonies and parades from my time at RAF,” says Mr Bolding, who lives in Lincoln. ‘That doesn’t mean that I’m not a little apprehensive, but I’m looking forward to it.”

 

The role of mace bearer is to lead the ceremonial procession into and out of the city hall carrying the traditional and symbolic university mace.  Mr Bolding takes over from Joanne Platts, who last year became one of the first women to have done the job.

 

Around 200 British and overseas students are eligible to collect postgraduate awards at the ceremony.

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For more information on this release contact: Michael Clark

Press Office, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

 

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