EastEnders star Richard Blackwood hands out awards to New City College students

PUBLISHED: 11:00 10 October 2018

TV's Richard Blackwood hands out achievement titles at New City college awards night. Picture source: New City

TV's Richard Blackwood hands out achievement titles at New City college awards night. Picture source: New City

New City

EastEnders TV star Richard Blackwood was the surprise special guest on stage for the academic awards of New City College students.

Richard, who played Vincent Hubbard in the BBC soap until earlier this year, heard students’ personal stories and how they overcame tragedies.

Anas Al-Humsi who won ‘student of the year’ award for English as a second language had personal tragedy when his family were killed in the war in Syria. He made most of the journey to Britain on foot, enrolled in the college and is now aiming for a career as an electrician.

He was one of 28 students from three campuses in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Redbridge handed awards by the actor.

Fouziha Rahman, who got the ‘adult learner of the year’ title, joined the access course after recovery from brain injury in an accident which almost ended her life, with just a three per cent survival rate. She completed the course with 11 distinctions and four merits.

Arkin Attila-Murray won the ‘contributing to college life’ award for producing a film on knife crime to get young people to stop and think.

Mohammed Hussain, who won the award for academic achievement while studying for a BTEC science diploma, has battled kidney disease.

Latest Ilford Stories

42 minutes ago

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been discussing various topics with Layth Yousif during his exclusive interview this week. The talented 26-year-old invited Layth to his house for an in-depth discussion on a wide-ranging number of issues as the star prepares to launch his first soccer school at the end of this month. Read on for more...

We look back on the recent history between former National League Three South foes Eton Manor and Colchester

Crystal Palace loanee Levi Lumeka is not available for the O’s


Ilford Catholic Cricket Club enjoyed a memorable short tour to Rome to play two matches, but also have a private mass at St Peter’s Church and dinner at the Pontifical College.

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

I’m not normally one to buy into conspiracy theories, they’re only put out there to keep us too busy to think about the real things that are going on.

West Ham United Hammers midfielder Jack Wilshere says there is far more to come from Manuel Pellegrini’s side this season.

As I said Morning Prayer before writing this article the Old Testament Lesson was about King Hezekiah, who had let Babylonian envoys see all his inherited wealth.


Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Exchange Ilford is a shopping centre on a mission to make it a more welcoming and accessible place to the people of Redbridge.

An Ilford shoe retailer and podiatry practice is taking the next step with a move to a new shop just a few doors down.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now