Hemel Hempstead, The Pavilion c.1965

Memories of Hemel Hempstead

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 ...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 ...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 ...Read full memory

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 ...Read full memory

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History

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.

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