TWO young wood machinists at Treske of Thirsk, who recently completed their apprenticeships, have attended a special graduation ceremony in York.

Chris Bradshaw and James Fleetham, both from Thirsk, were guests of honour at the York Apprenticeship Graduation & Awards Ceremony at the Principal Hotel by York Station.

Justin Bartlett, owner and managing director of Treske, said: "Both Chris and James are hard-working and talented young men, who are very much part of the Treske family. I am delighted they have been recognised in this way.

"It is part of Treske’s philosophy to employ young men and women from the Thirsk area and to give them hands-on experience in manufacturing and designing furniture. We strongly value local labour and Chris and James’ successful graduation is a ringing endorsement of this policy."

Both Chris and James, whose interests include football and contemporary music, said they were extremely satisfied to have completed their apprenticeships.

The awards night was organised by the North Lancs Training Group, who also run a series of apprenticeships on furniture occupations and wood machining.

Treske, who are based at Station Works in Thirsk, design, manufacture and supply bespoke furniture for homes, offices, restaurants and churches.