We were approached by a Student called Emma who is very keen to get in to the events business, she asked if she could come and spend a week with us as an intern and learn about the different aspects of the marquee business within the events sector. She spent a few days in the office and also went out for the day as part of the crew to build a marquee for one of our weddings.
She did a fabulous write up of her day doing work experience with the marquee erector crew. Here is what she got up to.
A Day On Site by Emma
After joining Abbas Marquees for a week of work experience, I have not been disappointed. Having been given the opportunity to work in the office and on site location, I have seen all aspects, from running business to building the amazing marquees.
The 5am start for a day on site was definitely a highlight! Although early, it was made easier by a lovely sunny morning and energetic crew, who made myself, the only girl in the crew, feel very welcome.
Abbas Marquees Crew of 2018.
The day was organised and structured from the beginning, each crew member talked through their pre-assigned jobs. All vans and lorries had been loaded the previous day with the correct marquees or tipis and equipment for each job, ensuring arrival to each job location by 8 am.
I joined a crew of eight, led by Harry, head of installations, who were travelling to Dorset to build a large canvas pole marquee for the wedding of a young couple. The hour-long journey to the location allowed me to get to know a few of the crew members and more about the practical side of the business.
Upon arriving at the beautiful location, surrounded by rustic farm buildings and large green fields, Harry addressed the clients and discussed the marquees location and set up, confirming all that had been previously ordered and agreed.
Arriving on site and unloading ready for installation.
Each crew member knew their job from the start, all laying out the foundations and tools required for building the marquees. As a catering marquee was also required, there was limited space to fit both marquees into the desired location. The crew worked carefully and accurately to guarantee the marquees fitted correctly. All aspects of the large canvas pole marquee were measured to ensure it was correctly proportioned before the floor was laid.
After helping with the tarpaulin foundations, I stepped back to observe the crew work on the next component of the marquee. This was also a great opportunity to take pictures of the process that would later be used for social media.
While some of the crew laid the floor, partly made up of a wooden dance floor at one end of the marquee, the rest carpeted. Other crew members worked on bolting down the footplates which were later used to attach rope ratchets to, supporting the marquee structure once it had been lifted into place.
As a canvas pole marquee, three large wooden poles supported the centre of the structure, which first had to be attached to the marquee roof before the whole structure was lifted into place, utilising all man power.
3 Pole Canvas Marquee with festoon lighting ready to be pulled in to place.
With the main structures of the marquees in place, the white panel walls were all fitted in place, beautiful lighting was also fitted. Something I was able to help with, draping the large festoon lights throughout the marquee.
Fixing the sides before adding the walls.
Interior festoon lights.
Keen to complete the structure build, no one stopped for lunch for long, onto working on the extensive exterior lighting, which included illuminating several trees and pathways around the marquee.
Finally, the furniture was brought into the marquee, all laid out just as the client had asked for. After attaching 130 seat covers, the job was complete!
Completed canvas pole marquee with catering tent and solid walls.
The Abbas team could not have been more efficient throughout the whole day, taking the time to ensure the job was completed perfectly and exactly to the client’s specification. I’d like to think I was at least a little helpful throughout the day! A great experience with a great team.