World Hatfield Week – BBC 3 Counties Outside Broadcast

BBC 3 Counties Outside Broadcast at the Galleria

Stuart Bowery of Grosvenor House talks to Nana and Usman of Three Counties Radio. Jack the sound engineer in the background.


Welwyn Hatfield Chamber of Commerce invited 3 Counties Radio to hold an outside broadcast in the Galleria for World Hatfield Week.

World Hatfield Week is about celebrating the enormous achievements of the past, from the Tiger Moth, via the Comet Racer that won the McRoberson Trophy a race to Australia, via the WW2 Mosquito Aircraft, to the Worlds first Jet Airliner The Comet, and the subsequent military jets such as the Sea Vixen and the Nimrod planes whose heritage was built upon to build the Harrier jump jet, that helped to win the Falklands war, the heritage of innovation in Hatfield has helped to change the world. But most importantly World Hatfield Week is about building on those achievements, for the benefit of the people of Hatfield.

The 36 Sponsors who may be seen in full on along with pictures of the planes, included The Galleria, Grosvernor House Hotels, J.J. Burgess and Sons, Down the Woods and Right at Home. Thank you for your support.

Speakers included Nick Brown Chairman Welwyn Hatfield Chamber of Commerce, talking about the importance of working together in Hatfield to join up our communities with business and education to grow the skills base and continue the tradition of inovation in Hatfield. Alistair Hodgson the Curator of the de Havilland Aircraft Museum, provided detailed knowledge of the aircraft, helping with any points of detail. Such as who made the Harrier Jump Jet!!

Barbara Halbert Air Hostess on the Comet flew in from Guernsey for the event, Charming and stylish at 93. – That’s Lucy Clayton for you!, John Spavin and John Hawthorne who have, respectively, been filming the whole week and running the Hatfield of Yesteryear Exhibition. Susan Murray Deputy Dean Engineering Faculty Herts University, talking about how the University is working with the community and local businesses to ensure we grow our local skills and knowledgebase. Stuart Bowery of Grosvernor House Hotel in Mayfair talked of their sponsorship of the iconic de Havilland Racer, and its continued relevance to the brand values JW Marriott Hotels premier brand of Hotels. Lenny Brandon Leader Hatfield Town Council, whose ideas and drive, along with Carrie Lloyd (Town Clerk) made World Hatfield Week happen. Finishing off the afternoon  with Children from Potential Kids and Angela Gaughan talking about the skills and computer training they provide to young people and Caroline Langley talking about the work they do getting kids out into the woods (Courtecy of Sir Simon Bowes-Lyon) learning so many of the skills it is hard to cover in a classroom.

In summary, together we demonstrated how the people of Hatfield work together and how the de Havilland spirit remains alive and well in the town and the surrounding areas.





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