A PALE autumn sun slanted through the branches of what is reputed
to be the oldest elm in England and on to Princess Margaret as she
arrived at the William Baker Technical School, Goldings, Hertford,
on Tuesday, to open a new £20,000 wing of the school.
The Princess is President of Dr. Barnardo's Homes, under whose
auspices the school is run and the new wing is part of major
improvements and extensions at the school, which was originally
opened by the then Prince of Wales in 1922.
The Princess, who wore a navy blue two-piece suit with a white
collar, a mink coat, and white Cossack hat, was first greeted by the
Mayor of Hertford. Councillor Frank Herniman.
After the presentation of local and county people,
Mr. A. G. B. Owen, chairman of the Council of Dr. Barnardo's Homes,
presented members of the council and officials of the organisation
to the Princess.
After signing her name in the visitors' book " Margaret, October 18, 1960 "
Princess Margaret opened the door of the new wing with a gilt key,
presented to her by the school captain, 17 - year - old Malcolm Stephens.
The wing is to be called the MacAndrew wing, in memory of
Mr. Douglas J. MacAndrew, who for many years, until his death in 1958,
was a member of the Council of Dr. Barnardo's.
The Princess toured the wing, which will provide accommodation for
30 boys and some members of the staff She visited Bedrooms, Sitting,
Dining, and Recreation rooms.
It was in a sitting room that she met 16-year-old Barry Moase, who was reading. The Princess asked what the book was and he told her
it was a thriller. The book? "The Door with Seven Locks," by Edgar Wallace.
GIFT FOR PRINCESS
Conducting the tour of their school was Mr. R. F. Wheatley,, the headmaster, who showed her an exhibition of school-work.
The Princess was presented with a laminated wood table lamp by Mr. H. W. Tempest, the woodwork master. The lamp had been made
by 14-year-old Terry Cooper, who was later presented to the Princess during tea.
Among others presented to the Princess were 17-year-old David Bird, now an apprentice with a London firm, who made the coffee table
which was part of Dr. Barnardo's wedding present lo the Princess, and 15-year-old Barry Highland, who made another part of the
wedding present, a wooden bonbon bowl.
After the visit, Mr. WheatJey told the Mercury, " The Princess spoke to many of the boys and asked them about their trades.
She questioned them about what they wanted to do when they left school, and commented on what a grand opportunity they had.
She greatly admired the work of the exhibition."