Uni­ver­sity chal­lenge

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

What a won­der­ful sight it was, to see the new grad­u­ates re­splen­dent in their gowns in the city cen­tre. They posed for pic­tures with their par­ents in front of the cathe­dral, and by the foun­tains, as they pre­pared to em­bark on an ex­cit­ing new chap­ter in their own Book Of Life. Walk­ing past, I swear, you could feel the pride and joy ra­di­at­ing from the par­ents as their pride and joy – their son or daugh­ter – en­joyed the pageantry of their big day. It cre­ated a real vi­brancy in the city cen­tre – more, I would sug­gest than an­other restau­rant chain would. It un­der­lined why the city des­per­ately needs a uni­ver­sity, and the stu­dent pop­u­la­tion that goes with it.

It is long overdue. We have been promised we are fi­nally get­ting one – even if it took an out­ra­geous bribe in the form of sup­port for the hor­ri­ble (and now it seems sham­bolic) Com­bined Author­ity.

Don’t let us down.

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