A new exhibition celebrating Hatfield's musical history is now open, remembering the town's contribution to The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and much more.

Rock Around the Block is on at Mill Green Museum until late September, with the public able to visit from Thursdays to Sundays from 10am.

The exhibition has been inspired by the book of the same name, and its opening coincides with the release of the third edition.

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Several of the items on display have been donated by Paul Griggs and Danny Bacon, such as their earliest guitars and Paul’s tea chest bass used by his skiffle band The Satellites in 1958, while Danny has loaned his iconic Dansette 'portable' record player.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Rock Around the Block.Rock Around the Block. (Image: Hatfield History)

Paul would enjoy chart success with his group Guy & Dolls, and the exhibition celebrates other musical icons from Hatfield, including Mick Taylor who was Rolling Stones guitarit from 1969 to 1974, Beatles producer George Martin, and Donovan, who is credited with launching the psychedelic rock genre with his US number one single Sunshine Superman.

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Those who impacted the local music scene are also celebrated, including pianist Dick Whittingham, who played in dance bands for 30 years, and wrote about Hatfield’s old Public Hall on his song the Dancing Days.

He went on to be leader and arranger for The Nitehawks band, who often played five evenings a week, such was the demand for dancing in the town.