Hemel Hempstead, The Pavilion c.1965

Hemel Hempstead, The Pavilion c.1965

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The foundation stone of the new Odeon Cinema was laid in 1959 by the actress Lauren Bacall. When the work was completed, the opening ceremony was carried out by the British character actor Leslie Phillips. The Pavilion (centre) offered 'Dancing every Saturday', and local teenagers were entertained by popular music groups such as The Kinks and their lead singer, Ray Davies. In the last few years, the cost of running the Pavilion has been prohibitive, and this once-proud venue has now been demolished.

Memories of Hemel Hempstead, the Pavilion c1965

The Equals

My name is WILFRIED and I live in Germany. In 1968 I was on school exchange in Hemel Hempstead for four weeks. I was there with a group of 40 boys and girls all at the age of 16 or 17 supported by two teachers. We were all living in different families in Hemel Hempstead. At that time I was very interested in popular music, especially the classic rock stuff and psychedelic music. One day I read a review about a concert of 'The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown' in a local paper. The concert took place in a club in Dunstable a couple of days before. I was very excited and I asked my guest parents if I could phone the club to ask them if Arthur Brown would perform again next weekend. (Which was very naive but what did I ...Read full memory

A memory of Hemel Hempstead

Those Gigs In The 70s

Like Steve, I've only just found your site - another year later - and would also like to know how the book is going. I haven't lived in the area since 1980 but have happy memories of my teen years. I used to go to the Pavilion often during the mid 70s and to St Albans' City Hall (as it was called then) with my school mates. I recall seeing: Thin Lizzy, Van der Graaf Generator, Richard Hell & the Voidoids (in the 80s), Mick Ronson, Wizzard, Hot Chocolate and maybe BeBop Deluxe - but that may have been in St Albans. I know there were many more - the money I earned at Kinloch & Anderson's chemists in Market Square (no longer there) was spent either buying vinyl or tickets for gigs. Favourite shops for ...Read full memory

The Pavilion.

Oh the memories of many, many brilliant gigs back in the 70s & 80s. In fact, so many I am in the process of putting together a book entitled The Pavilion Rock Years. I am keen to hear from anyone with memories of gigs/concerts they attended there between 1966 and 2002 (I certainly wasn't at every one!). If you have any anecdotes, good, bad, funny stories to tell, please don't hesitate to contact me at perpar75@btinternet.com Many thanks, Neil.

Memories of Hemel Hempstead

Tonsils

When I was about nine years old, the family doctor discovered a very bad case of tonsillitis. "Better have them removed as soon as possible." he tersely told my mother. With a brand new National Health in place, I was placed into Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. After a 24 hours of being spoiled by nurses, I was told ...Read full memory

Growing Up In Hemel

I was born at St. Pauls Hospital in 1959 and grew up in Hemel Hempstead. We lived in Gadebridge and used to play in the ruins of the old Gadebridge House in the 1960s. We also used to fish with nets in the River Gade in summer and I remember the old 'round house' which was demolished for the widening of the Leighton ...Read full memory

My Birth Place

I was born in Hemel Hempstead in March of 1957.  My parents came from Portsmouth and County Durham.  They met in London and moved to Hemel Hempstead, which was a new town, in search of good housing, school for my 5 year old sister and work prospects. We lived in Vauxhall Road when I was born. All my memories of ...Read full memory

Shell Mex And Bp Computer Centre

First started work at Hemel in November 1963. Following a spell at the Manchester Data Centre I returned in 1968 and remained until Brand Separation in 1974. We are now holding a reunion in July for anyone who worked for SMBP in either Data Centre. Sad to learn that the building was demolished in ...Read full memory

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