By Alan French
I can remember waiting for a bus at the stop outside the Ovaltine factory. I was with my mother and a cousin who lived in another part of the house where i resided in Belswains Lane. A goods train was seen by us on the opposite railway line. We could see, silhouetted in the night light some of its cargo. It was military weaponry, with cannon or tank gun turrets possibly poking out of tarpaulin. It was early 1950s and the munitions would have been for the Korean war.
I have approximately a minutes worth of cine film of Mohamed Ali also known as Cassius Clay in an advertising campaign for Ovaltine. The film was shot in Hemel Hempstead. The BBC transferred it to vidios tape and if I get it transferred to DVD, I will let you know.
During the 1950s sometimes my parents and I used to visit the Ovaltine egg farm area. I used to enjoy these Sunday afternoon visits.
I remember being sorry that I missed rock n roller Gene Vincent. But there was a story behind the scene. In the press there was incorporated in their report brief reference to his performance which took place at the Ovaltine Ballroom.