You could be forgiven for thinking you’d become Doctor Who and travelled back in time if you visited Watford university technical college (UTC) last month when events and hospitality students arranged a “Back to the 50s” event in aid of a local charity.

More than 70 people attended the afternoon, which included a diner menu with delights such as ice-cream soda floats and milkshakes, dancers from Jive of Herts, as well as traditional stalls including tin can bowling and hook the duck.

The audience was also treated to the UTC’s in-house band, Broadband11, who performed songs from the Fifties that they had been learning for several weeks.

Emma Loveland, Watford UTC principal, said: “It is excellent practical experience for our students to put the skills they are learning here into practice at a public event.

“They organised the event from start to finish, from its overall promotion, to hosting on the day.”

The students raised £300, which will be donated to Gaddesden Place, a riding centre for children and adults with special needs and disabilities, based in Hemel Hempstead.


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