Metalwork firm is lighting up Games

Jake Stephenson, David Kirkpatrick and Matthew Dunsworth from RDP with Lisa Harwood from Arch.

Jake Stephenson, David Kirkpatrick and Matthew Dunsworth from RDP with Lisa Harwood from Arch.

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A Cramlington firm will be helping to light up the Commonwealth Games with a contract to supply nine chandeliers.

Specialist metalwork company RDP will supply the chandeliers for the Gilbert Scott Building in Glasgow, which will host the civic reception for the sporting celebration.

Based on Nelson Industrial Estate, RDP is making five 1.5m diameter and four 900cm diameter chandeliers in mirror polished brass with hand beaten leaves and flowers, that will have pride of place above the main staircase in the Grade A listed building and in the main reception rooms.

Each of the light fittings has been a labour of love for the company and in particular for the two young apprentices, Matthew Dunsworth, 18, from Seaton Sluice and Jake Stephenson, 17, from North Shields, who were employed with support from Arch, the development company for Northumberland, and have been working on the contract.

Managing director David Kirkpatrick said: “We are delighted to be working on these beautiful pieces of metalwork which give us a great opportunity to show off our skills in a truly amazing setting.

“Both Matthew and Jake have played an important part in making these chandeliers and it has really helped them to develop their skills.

“It is vital to train the next generation of skilled craftsmen and also give them permanent jobs.”

Coun Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council and chairman of Arch, said: “RDP is a first-class company and we are proud to have them in Northumberland, exporting their products all over the globe.

“And the fact the business is committed to apprenticeships is an added bonus as it means we are training the next generation in the right skills to grow our economy even further.”