AN OLYMPIC themed event was held at Barnsley College last week to welcome the 5,000 students that have started their academic year.

The Freshers' Fair was themed around the 2012 Olympics and students could be pampered at the nail bar by beauty students, have a go on the bouncing castle and take part in a dance off for a chance to win tickets to see for Paddy McGuiness.

Other activities included sumo wrestling, limbo and balloon modelling. Entertainment was provided by a steel band and DJ. Organiser Louise Welbourn said: “I am really pleased so many students came along to the fair as it gives them the opportunity to get involved in things and meet new friends outside of classes. It has certainly been the best Freshers’ Fair to date.”