Saving the 70s- 1977 Silver Jubilee

In 1977 Queen Elizabeth II had been on the throne for 25 years and across Dacorum people celebrated. There were street parties, carnivals, fetes and dances.

 “I went with my sister and our daughters to a Street Party in Woodlands Avenue, Berkhamsted. All the children received a Silver Jubilee Mug.” – Valerie Cooper

“The Queen’s Silver Jubilee was a big thing in ‘77, we had a school fair and I seem to remember it was very hot, not as hot as it had been in the summer before in ‘76, but we had a big event, lots of things rigged out in red, white and blue. Somebody,possibly an auntie… knitted me a tank top with crowns around the bottom, red white and blue”- Richard Grayson

Berkhamsted Round Table Fete in the castle grounds.

“We had street parties at the time and we had a street party here (Windmill Road, Hemel Hempstead). That’s right I dressed up, as a sailor, in a white sailor suit and got the kids doing silly things and it was quite enjoyable.”- Les Taber

“We had a street party in Long Arrotts Gadebridge.” – Beverley Allen

[The Day] “must easily hold the record for the most beer I drank in any 24 hour period ever.” – Mark Stephens

“If I remember correctly it was raining so we had our party in the church hall in Warners End. Every one chipped in it was great.” – Jan Teakle


Nina Quin and Patrick Eddon planting the Jubilee oak tree in Potten End.

“I lived in Bovingdon village then, all the women with children in the road made sandwiches and drinks. We bought paper plates, cups and borrowed tables and chairs from the Village Hall, set up a record player. We were allowed by council to block off street, there were about 26 children in all.” – Carol Smart

[I] “rang a 3-hour peal on St Mary’s bells.” – David Gambling

“We had a street party on the green in Frome Square. Great fun had by all. I was having my second baby then, she was born in August.” – Jackie Kelsey


Jubilee tea party at Potten End School.

“We had a street party in Ribblesdale. We organised jumble sales etc. to pay for it. The road was closed off and we had a disco in the evening. A fantastic day.”– Val MacCarthy

“We had a great time living in Long Arrotts at the time and my little girl won the fancy dress at the street party. Great day.”– Sharon Piatek

“I was heavily pregnant with my daughter Clare who was born in July 1977. I think Jubilee day was in May 1977. Had a great party at the then new block of flats called The Cornfields. We had a great residents association which organised lots of outings,parties etc.!!” – Jane Hamblin Austin


Do you recognise anyone from this street party in Hemel Hempstead?

[I remember our] “Street party in Kingsland Road. While I was taking sandwiches down the road for the party someone drank half the bottle of milk on my doorstep. We thought it must have been a Humphrey.” – Jenny Saville

‘Watch Out There’s a Humphrey About’ was an advertisement by Unigate Milk which encouraged people to drink more milk.

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