King Harold Day gets East of England Regional Tourism Award Certificate from Olympic Canoeist, David Florence

Well, King Harold Day won Best Event in Essex, but was not quite successful when we went forward to the East of England Region, (the six counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire  –  so lots of tourism gems in those).   There we made it to the final three, which is in itself a triumph.   We were runner up to the spectacular Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre, a huge, three-day event taking over the whole town centre and with non-stop entertainment.  We felt that we lost to something which really deserved to win.  And we did get a very nice certificate!                           

Olympic Canoeist, David Florence, presents East of England Regional Tourism Award Runner Up Certificate to Tricia Gurnett and Kathryn Richmond


 Some of our friends have been kind enough to say that we have won  –  won in terms of putting King Harold Day, and even more importantly Waltham Abbey, on the map.   People in the Eastern Region now know what a great town we have and what a fantastic event KHD is. 

Chairman and Organizer of King Harold Day, Tricia Gurnett, and Town Clerk of Waltham Abbey, Kathryn Richmond, went to Ickworth West Wing in Suffolk for the Awards Ceremony and Dinner.   The Guest Speaker was David Florence, one of Britain’s top “paddlers” or White Water Canoeists, and Tricia and Kathryn grabbed the opportunity to have a really good talk with him and to tell him all about Waltham Abbey.    

David won a Silver Medal at the Beijing Olympics and hopes to be picked for the 2012 team.   As well as the single canoe slalom, (C1), he now competes in the doubles, (C2), and has recently defended his title as British Open Champion.  The race season has now ended and what he calls “hard winter training” will start.   David trains every day at Nottingham, which has been his base for some time. 

In early December, Lee Valley Regional Park will take over the new Olympic White Water Centre from the builders, and then David will move south to Essex and will be based at the Centre.   He tells us that he will be training there at least twice every day.   He also intends to move into the area to live. 

We hope he will enjoy being at the Centre, and that he will soon feel part of Waltham Abbey.   We are certainly keen to welcome him to our town.   Here’s the link to David’s website:-

Published in: on November 18, 2010 at 11:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

8th October will be King Harold Day 2011

We have fixed the date for next year’s King Harold Day.

It will be on Saturday 8th October, as ever in the Abbey Gardens at Waltham Abbey from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Published in: on November 17, 2010 at 11:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Michael Portillo visits the Abbey to make programme about King Harold

Michael Portillo, (former Member of Parliament and Government Minister and now broadcaster and star of “This Week” with Andrew Neil), was in Waltham Abbey on Friday, recording a programme about King Harold.

The programme is called “The Things That We Forgot to Remember  –  Harold Godwinson”, and questions why we should remember someone who lost a battle!!!!!! 

Author and King Harold Day supporter, Helen Hollick, was one of those Michael interviewed.   Helen, of course, wrote the historical novel “Harold the King” and was the guest speaker at our September supper evening. 

First they stood by the Harold Memorial Stone to make the recording, and noted all the floral tributes which were put there on King Harold Day, but the traffic noise was such that they decided to go into the Abbey to complete it.

The programme is to be on BBC Radio 4 on 15th November at 8.00pm, (subject to confirmation).


Published in: on November 1, 2010 at 2:06 am  Leave a Comment