Visiting the Letchworth Festival on Saturday

Letchworth Festival is certainly on a high this year and I thought the 50s and 60s themed event on Saturday in the Broadway Gardens was marvellous. I really enjoyed my visit.

Thanks go to Maria Iredale and the Letchworth Arts Centre team for all their hard work. The stalls covered some of the leading Letchworth businesses of the period with stands for Borg Warner, where technical whiz Michael Leach was displaying his Design Council Award. Many former workmates were clustered talking about their early working days. Shelvoke and Drewry had their stall with advertising literature for their rubbish lorries. Mr Drewry’s grandson laid on a display about Jim’s life as an inventor. Meredews had a furniture display. The Marmet prams were on show with dozens of examples of these coach built carriages. Dewy eyed owners spoke lovingly of the excellent start in a life a baby had with a Marmet made in the Garden City. There was then a pram race – it was hard to tell who won…

There was also music from local bands and an “Elvis” who made a good effort as the “King”. I met many old friends including the Stoddards, who had a great presentation of their dentists equipment manufacturing company. And we should not forget Harkness Roses and all the other exhibitors, who did Letchworth proud.

Me visiting the Stoddards stand at the Letchworth Exhibition

Me visiting the Stoddards stand at the Letchworth Exhibition

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