ICE president Quentin Leiper continued his tour of ICE regions recently with a visit to the North East, and a jazz jamming session on the River Tyne.
Leiper broke out his beloved clarinet to entertain ICE North East Graduates and Students (ICE NE G&S) on a river cruise down the Tyne on Wednesday 18 April.
The jam session with the evening's band had followed a sustainability task at Newcastle University where Leiper competed against local school children and members of ICE NE G&S.
Those involved presented their views on the consequences of climate change and how these can be addressed or mitigated.
Meeting and competing against local school children and members of the North East's graduates and students committee was an excellent experience and showed me that our industry is in excellent hands for the future, ' said Leiper.
Following his musical efforts the night before, the president kicked off the second day of his visit to the North East by chairing a breakfast question time session on sustainability with industry experts from the North East.
He then unveiled a Thomas Telford Plaque at Morpeth Bridge, to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Telford, fi rst ICE president and designer of the bridge.
Leiper said: 'In this, the 250th anniversary year of the birth of Thomas Telford, one of the founders of the civil engineering profession, it has been a pleasure to visit Morpeth Bridge, an example of his work. I hope historic projects such as this will act as inspiration for civil engineers of both the present and future to follow.' The president concluded his tour by presenting the Robert Stephenson Awards at the Gosforth Park hotel in Newcastle on Thursday evening.
'During my visit to the North East, I have seen some fantastic examples of civil engineering, including environmental and sustainability projects which will help the region for many years to come, ' he concluded.