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Watford comes together to celebrate Charter Day

On Tuesday 18 October, Watford celebrated 100 years since it received its Royal Charter and Borough status.

To mark the occasion, a celebratory centenary coat of arms was hoisted on the flag pole by the Peace Memorial celebrating our diversity and togetherness as a town. Over the Summer, a flag competition was run asking young residents of Watford to create a design that encapsulated everything they loved about Watford.


The competition winner, Caliana Boyd, aged 10, and runner up Mariia Balzhyk, aged 6, were awarded with certificates and centenary medals for their fantastic designs which were used in our centenary day celebrations.


Flag competition winner, Caliana

Flag Competition Runner-up, Mariia

Throughout the day, Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor met with residents who had turned 100 years old in 2022. Ivy Rankin, Joyce Neill and Cynthia Lumsdon shared their fond memories of the town and were presented with flowers, certificate and a centenary medal.


Joyce being presented with her certificate and medal

Ivy being presented with certificate and medal

Cynthia being presented with her certificate and medal

Throughout the day, Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor met with residents who had turned 100 years old in 2022. Ivy Rankin, Joyce Neill and Cynthia Lumsdon shared their fond memories of the town and were presented with flowers, certificates and centenary medals.


To close the celebrations, a service of thanks was held at St Mary’s Church with the Mayor and people from across the town in attendance.


Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “We are so thankful to everyone who shared in the celebrations with us. It was a milestone day for our town and it was important to mark the progress Watford has made in the last 100 years, celebrating our history and looking to the future. Congratulations to our competition winners, Caliana and Maria. A big thank you to Ivy, Joyce and Cynthia for taking their time to share their stories with me.”
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