1950: Hazell Watson and Viney staff get a treat

Workers' Playtime comes to Hazell Watson and Viney in 1950
Workers' Playtime comes to Hazell Watson and Viney in 1950

We turn the clock back to memorable day at Aylesbury firm 63 years ago.

Workers at Hazell Watson and Viney, printers and bookbinders, in Aylesbury, had a ‘lunch time treat’ one day in 1950.

They were paid a visit by the BBC radio programme Workers’ Playtime, a radio variety show intended as a morale-booster for industrial workers in Britain during the Second World War.

The programme was broadcast at lunchtime, three times a week, live from a factory canteen “somewhere in Britain”, initially on the BBC Home Service (now Radio 4) and, from 1957, on the Light Programme (now Radio 2). For all its 23 years each show concluded with the words from the show’s producer, Bill Gates: “Good luck, all workers!”