AUTHENTIC POLISH food, drink and culture drew a crowd of more than 50 engineers from across the North West last week to learn about life, work and environmental issues in central and eastern Europe.
The evening was arranged by the North West Graduates in support of the Central and Eastern Europe Initiative and to help fund a trip to Poland by six young engineers next year.
Presentations by Andy Gale and John Palmer gave insight into working in Poland and tested the audience's Polish general knowledge and language skills. Brian Crossley, ICE international vice president, also spoke about the Institution's international initiatives.
However, the major attraction was the chance to win a bottle of genuine Polish vodka for just 50p. This was followed by a charity auction, chaired by Ian Whyte, to raise cash for the delegates going to Poland later this year. Lots included Polish and Russian vodka, a case of wine, a pair of concert tickets and travel tickets to France.
A cheque for £2,000 from QUEST was handed over by Crossley to CEEI chair, Victoria Edmondson, while £500 was pledged by the ICE from its Poland budget.