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Wallpapering champions

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Four apprentices are on a roll after being crowned the nation’s top wallpaper hangers.

Mitchell Scott and Adam Knowles, both 18, took the top two places at the Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year competition.

Senior Apprentice Paperhanger of the Year was awarded to Mitchell with Jessica Mays placed as his runner-up, and Adam Knowles came out on top in the junior category, with Abbie Johnson coming in a close second.

The awards were presented at a prestigious gala dinner, organised by the Painting and Decorating Association (PDA) at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel earlier this month.

All four apprentices held their nerve in the PDA’s national competition, held at The Hub in Doncaster back in October.

The annual seven-hour contest puts the wallpaper hanging skills of apprentice decorators from all over the UK to the ultimate test.

Four senior level students were tasked with wallpapering a mock living room, with extra challenges including a fire surround, internal angles and borders as well as inlay panels.

Mitchell’s success comes a year after he won the Junior Apprentice Paperhanger title.

Studying towards an NVQ Level 3 in Painting and Decorating at The Hub in Doncaster, the 18-year old apprentice – from Bircotes – also works for M. Hancock Painter and Decorator.

He said: “The competition is so realistic and reflects everyday working situations, including the relationships you build and the pressure you’re under.

“The hardest part for me were the inlay panels and I definitely wasn’t confident that I’d won.

“But I was thrilled to find out I’d gained the title for the second year running, it’s a really good feeling.”

All four competitors were presented with a cash prize, certificate and trophy at the event, which formed part of the PDA’s National Conference.

Wallpapering champions
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