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Watford observed - more June stories

Hollywood star visits, uh, 'Radlett'

Cassiobury during the Second World War.

Mysterious huts and the knife that came home

Looking back...

Watford observed - more June stories

The Abbey Flyer celebrates its 125th anniversary

Many years on the right tracks

Carlton manager Maureen Askew with The Monster, from Death Race 2000, in 1976. The movie starred David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone and, although not well-received by critics at the time, is these days considered something of a cult classic.

A cult classic in the making

Mona Blackman, the last of the clippies.

Planes, trains and automobiles with teeth

Stories from Junes past

Watford observed - June stories

Barrels, marrows and a very rare penny - possibly

The Marmite sandwich buried for more than 80 years

Treasure... if you're very hungry

A barrel of laughs

A barrel of laughs

The day Taffy took fright and bolted

Twins, more twins, Elton's watch and the joys of VE Day

Row out the barrel

Row out the barrel

King's Silver Jubilee marked 25 'of the darkest years ever'

Stories from Mays past.

Watford observed - May stories

Z Cars visits Watford in 1965

Cop drama pays visit to market

Pauline's Guided rocket...

Pauline's Guided rocket...

Thousands of Roman coins will be redistributed

John Franklin, franchisee of McDonald’s in Watford, proves he’s not scared of Mad Cow Disease back in 1990.

Mad, bad and dangerous to tackle with

Watford observed - VE Day Special

Crowds gather around a bonfire on a Watford street on VE Night. The Watford Observer reported the fire brigade arrived to put the bonfire out – but the assembled crowd wouldn’t let them. Picture loaned by Chris McNiven

'A brief period of rejoicing'

M25 makes veg inedible half a mile away

The scene in Abbots Langley in 1990.

Jet lag for drivers

Thousands of fans swarm onto the pitch as Watford qualify for the top tier for the first time. [From the Watford Observer of May 7, 1982.]

Tales from a football club

Watford observed - April stories

Dustmen with a real pride in their job

Elton John at Vicarage Road in 1974, promoting his forthcoming concert at the ground.

First for Watford FC - and Elton

A windy lift-off for the first passenger flight of Skyship 500 from Leavesden airfield to the outskirts of London. Stewardesses are Hazel Muir and Tracey Lee Webb.

Leavesden airship flights were first for half a century

Watford observed - April stories

And the Beatles goes on...

Witty minister's Easter message

Easter wit

Stephen Fry, aged 30, pictured backstage at the Palace Theatre by Watford Observer photographer Malcolm Orvis in 1988.

'A permanent essay crisis'

On this day in south west Hertfordshire

Watford observed - April stories

The Peace Memorial Hospital scheme gets off the ground, in this picture, first published in our Watford in the 20th Century Volume One book, by courtesy of Watford Library.

'More animated scenes have rarely been seen in history of the town'

Watersmeet was due to be opened by Princess Alexandra in 1975 but she was indisposed, causing part of the commemorative plaque to be blacked out.

Best Cuban cigars at just 8s 6d a pound

Looking back...

Watford observed - April stories

Film brings back memories of a macabre case

Winning smile... Tina Green, aged six.

First prize for a first class bonnet

'Nothing is too good for Plaza patrons'

'Nothing is too good for Plaza patrons'

Watford observed - March stories

A balloon bursting world record from 1978

Pop goes the world record

Ian Francis

'It was a game I'll never forget'

BR launches Operation Sparkle

Watford observed - March stories

Sidney Paget’s original drawing of Holmes and Moriarty in Mortal Combat at the Edge of the Reichenbach Falls, dated 1893, was sold by Sotheby’s in 2004 for $220,800.

History in the drawing

The first Red Nose Day

When charity took a funny turn

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