Alumnus Andy appeals for help to find college compadre

Alumnus Andy appeals for help to find college compadre

Exactly half a century after receiving his offer letter, retired advertising executive Andy Hughes has returned to the city where he developed his artistic skills to make an appeal to find a friend.

Andy, 70, from Newton Mearns, Glasgow, would like to get back in touch with Peter Bowron, who is originally from Cockermouth.

They studied graphic design together at Carlisle College of Art and Design in the historic city’s Brampton Road between 1969 and 1972. It is now home to the Institute of the Arts of the University of Cumbria.

Andy, who graduated from the college in 1972 and went on to study further at the Glasgow School of Art, said: “It has been great to come back and see where I used to study. The room I used to spend much of my time in is still here and almost identical to how it was 50 years ago. There was a great group of us, all friends; we had some of the best times here.

“I brought some photographs and my original prospectus along with me to donate to the university’s archives.

“Peter and I lost touch but it would be wonderful if someone could help me find him.”

Andy’s career included several senior roles at Rex Stewart & Associates and Barkers Scotland advertising agencies, regularly working for major clients and on national campaigns.

During his trip to Carlisle, Andy toured the galleries at Brampton Road exploring the Summer Degree Show, an exhibition of work by 150 of the university’s final-year students who will graduate soon.

If you can help Andy reunite with his old college friend Peter, contact Karen Jones at the University of Cumbria on 01228 400301.

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