15th January 2002




The Chairman of West Lindsey District Council will preside over a ceremony this evening (Tuesday) to christen a laboratory at the University of Lincoln in the council’s honour.


The analysis laboratory in the £5.5 million science centre at Brayford Pool is to be renamed in recognition of the support given to the university project by West Lindsey District Council.


West Lindsey was a key benefactor when the university project company set about raising £32 million to pay for the creation of a new university campus in Lincoln.


Councillors, the council’s chief executive and university staff will attend a special ceremony at 5pm this evening when Councillor Bob Rainsforth, Chairman of West Lindsey District Council, will unveil a commemorative plaque.


The event will include a welcome by Prof Brian McGaw, head of the Department of Biological Sciences, and a tour of the laboratories, which opened in September 2000.


Councillor Rainsforth will unveil the plaque at 6pm after a short speech by the university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof David Chiddick.


“The whole region is indebted to those benefactors of vision who foresaw the benefits of a university in the heart of Lincoln,” commented university spokesman Jez Ashberry.


“The names of some of our other major supporters are already remembered in buildings across the Brayford Pool campus, and we are very pleased to be able to recognise the support of West Lindsey District Council in a similar way.”


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Reporters and photographers are welcome to attend the event. Meet at the science centre at the Brayford Pool campus at 5pm.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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