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THROWBACK: Looking back at when HRH Prince Philip opened the Woodside Playing Fields in Garston 

 Published on: 29th April 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

Following the sad news that His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh passed away on April 9, we remember the day he officially opened the Woodside Playing Fields in Garston.

Tributes have flooded in from all over the world as people mourn the loss of an extraordinary man.

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to social media to pay their respects and express their sadness at the duke’s passing.

Prince Philip was just two months away to turn 100 years old and he certainly lived a very full life.

The duke was involved in many public engagements, just like the one that took place on November 4, 1955, when he was invited to open the brand new Woodside Sports Arena in Garston alongside town Mayor Amey.

On the day, people attending the event were excited to hear the duke’s speech and they cheered loudly as he spoke about the new arena.

Prince Philip also highlighted that Woodside had been made possible thanks to £800 funding from the National Playing Fields Association. 

Watford Leisure Centre – originally called Woodside Leisure Centre –  opened in July 1976. 

It was called Woodside because it was built on part of the estate belonging to the house of that name.

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Picture credit Watford Museum 

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