A traditional pint-sized pub themed room has opened for care home residents in Hatfield, where an official ribbon cutting and book launch took place.
The team and residents at Sanctuary Care’s Hatfield Residential and Nursing Home in Tamblin Way welcomed their local Mayor Councillor Patricia (Pat) Mabbott to officially cut the ribbon, when the first pint was poured at ‘The Comet’.
Wanting to link with Hatfield’s wonderful heritage, the themed pub room has been constructed with a vintage 1940s aviation theme, with traditional posters and pictures of biplanes, along with old-fashioned pumps and optics.
The name of the new watering hole is also honouring the de Havilland DH 106 Comet – the world’s first commercial jetliner, which was developed and manufactured by de Havilland at its Hatfield Aerodrome – while also recognising the life work of a very special resident, Ben French.
Resident Ben’s book launch
Ben used the grand unveiling as an opportunity to launch his very own book – titled ‘Biplanes to Rockets: 48 years in aviation’, his own account of 48 years in aviation.
The former Havilland engineer, 97, who promised to complete the book to his late wife Violet, said of the pub opening and book launch: “I thoroughly enjoyed it all. It was a pleasure to meet everyone at our pub and I am very pleased that the book is being so well received.”
“…proud of Ben and our local community”
Home manager Mary Tolladay continued: “We are so proud of Ben and our local community, many of our residents, like Ben, have lived here for a number of decades – we hear so many stories of Hatfield in its yesteryear so we wanted to really celebrate these times by bringing a slice of the local heritage to the heart our home, as well as a special place for Ben to congratulate him for completing his wonderful book.”
The De Havilland Museum also joined celebrations by bringing along a number of artefacts that Ben remembered using throughout his aviation career, including the DH 106 Comet.
“…décor is cosy and the atmosphere is wonderful!”
Speaking about the grand unveiling fellow resident Shelley Stewart, who is 81 years old added: “The Mayor was very friendly, the décor is cosy and the atmosphere is wonderful! I am so pleased we have our own pub.”
Mary concluded: “We are so pleased how The Comet looks and feels, it really takes residents on a nostalgic journey while also being a comfortable place for them to relax and enjoy a sociable pastime with one another or with friends and family.”