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 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

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

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.

The Threepenny Bit House/Roundhouse

I remember as far back when i was 6 years old . I lived in the little house that used to be by the black iron bridge in gadebridge lane . I was born in the little house called the threepenny bit house . I remember playing in the park with my mums sisters there sir name was black. My grandfather used to ...Read full memory

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