Archie is apprentice paperhanger of year

Archie Storrier (centre) Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year pictured with Stephen Stewart (left) and Phil Burgess (right), head of technical departments at Accrington and Rossendale College. (s)

Archie Storrier (centre) Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year pictured with Stephen Stewart (left) and Phil Burgess (right), head of technical departments at Accrington and Rossendale College. (s)

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The apprentice of a Clitheroe painter and decorator has been named Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year by a national trade body.

Archie Storrier was announced the winner of the annual competition hosted by the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) at the organisation’s national conference gala dinner. There he was presented with a £300 cash prize, a certificate and trophy.

The 20-year-old from Padiham is a student at Accrington and Rossendale College under tutor Phil Burgess, of Great Mitton, who is deputy head of construction and technology. He is also an apprentice with Stephen Stewart Painters and Decorators, of Clitheroe.

PDA member, Mr Stewart, who was Dulux Trade Most Trusted Decorator North West Regional Winner in 2012, said: “Archie is very focussed. He has a good work ethic and winning this award is very well deserved. I’m very pleased for him and glad to have him as part of the team.”

The contest is open to painting and decorating apprentices from across the UK. Trainees wallpapered a scaled-down living room including fireplace, window and chimney, and decorated a booth including cutting in around a ceiling rose.