Hatfield Tunnel Charity Day, Sunday October 19th 1986

Christine Martindale

Inside the tunnel
Reg Coleman
Outside the tunnel
Reg Coleman
cover of the souvenir programme

The idea of a charity day in the Hatfield Tunnel prior to its opening, (10th December 1986 by the Duke of Kent), came when it was realised that the tunnel could provide a magnificent setting for a large scale charity event. Several organisations were approached to help.

They included: The Rotary Club of Amwell; Hatfield; Hertford; St Albans Verulamium; Welwyn Garden and Welwyn Hatfield, The Lions Club of Hatfield, The Welwyn Hatfield Council for Voluntary Service, The Hertfordshire C.C. Tunnel Staff.

A roller skating marathon was organised by the Welwyn Garden City Round Table.

The aim of the event would be to have a fun day for the family, provide an opportunity to see the motorway tunnel close up and to raise money for local charities. Many local clubs and charities were represented at the various stalls in the tunnel.

Proceeds from the main fund raising events went to the British Heart Foundation, Help the Aged and the Welwyn Hatfield Hospice Care Service. Proceeds from the roller skating marathon went to the Lake side School.

The day was deemed a great success.

Click here Hatfield Tunnel  &   Before the Tunnel for more information.


This page was added on 31/03/2017.

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  • I was so happy to find this page as I did a gymnastics display at this event I couldn’t remember exactly when it was!

    Would it be possible for someone to scan the full souvenir programme and add it to the website.

    By Melanie (11/03/2019)