de Havilland workers pay Hatfield police station a flying visit

PUBLISHED: 11:26 28 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:29 18 December 2011

The former de Havilland workers outside the new Hatfield police station with chief supt Alison Roome-Gifford

The former de Havilland workers outside the new Hatfield police station with chief supt Alison Roome-Gifford

FORMER workers of the world-renowned de Havilland aircraft factory returned to see how the site has been transformed into a police station. The group was given a tour of the state-of-the-art Hatfield police station. They were shown how the original featu

FORMER workers of the world-renowned de Havilland aircraft factory returned to see how the site has been transformed into a police station.

The group was given a tour of the state-of-the-art Hatfield police station.

They were shown how the original features of the 74-year-old, grade II listed building had been retained and restored, including the boardroom and the marble staircase.

Ben French, who was there for 47 years, and worked on the Mosquito and Comet planes, said: "It was a good feeling to go back and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

"I never expected to come back and see it in such a good condition, especially after the building was left derelict.

"It was smashing to be shown around by the area commander."

Central area commander chief superintendent Alison Roome-Gifford, led the tour.

She said: "It was a privilege to share the history of the site with the people who worked there and a pleasure for them to share our future.

"I am proud of how we have transformed the site into a multi functioning operational police station and have managed to retain the building's key features and charm."

An album containing photographs, information and memorabilia detailing the history of the site was presented to the area commander and will now go on display at the police station.

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