May 22, 1953

Watford Observer: On this day in south west Hertfordshire On this day in south west Hertfordshire

On the stroke of half-past four yesterday afternoon, Mrs Fanny Blankers Koen 1948 Olympic double gold medal winner, arrived without ceremony or ado at [an address in] Princes Avenue, Watford.

Fanny arrived with her two children ... and they will be the guests of Mr and Mrs Bob Stevens. Mr Stevens organises the sports side of Watford Borough Carnival.

On Monday she is competing in three open events – hurdles, long jump and shot putt in Cassiobury Park.

This is her first visit to Watford – handy enough to London for her to get a glimpse of the Coronation. She arrived at London Airport together with other members of the Dutch Athletics team, who will also be competing in Cassiobury Park.

[From the Watford Observer of May 22, 1953]

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