Harold Jennings - Piano Tuner to Welwyn Garden City schools

Darren Harte

Harold Jennings was a regular school visitor as a piano tuner in the 1970's & 80's
Darren Harte

Harold Jennings was a regular visitor to the schools in Welwyn Garden City in the 1970’s and 80’s. He tuned the pianos at my school, Commonswood, along with Ivor the Guide Dog. It was always an event when he visited the school to tune the 2 Danemann pianos that graced both the infant and junior school halls. Most of us pupils would want to make a fuss of Ivor the Guide Dog. We would also be fascinated when the front of the piano was removed to reveal the strings inside that Harold would then adjust. The one teacher that I remember that could play the piano was Mrs Eagles.

The 7″ EP record you can see was issued in 1977 to raise funds for Guide Dogs For The Blind.

If you have any memories or can remember the name of the Guide Dog that replaced Ivor, please get in contact.

This page was added on 27/01/2021.

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  • Hello, a update for you. Mr Jennings had four guide dogs. First was Ivor. Then Harvey, then Luke and finally Wesley. Hope that helps. I remember Mr Jennings. He was a lovely man. He had a wonderful smile. He tuned the pianos at Harwood Hill school in Welwyn Garden city. It was always a delight for us children to have the dog in school. Early 1970s as I recall. I also remember Mrs A Watkiss who was a brilliant teacher who I have fond memories of playing Daydream believer along with Joseph’s Technicolour dream coat beautifully played and always in tune thanks to Mr Jennings skills as a piano tuner. The Perlee Dutch street organ that was owned by Mr Jennings is now in Letchworth Garden City owned by Mr David Dingwall.

    By Helen Scott-Williams (20/02/2021)
  • Hello the guide dog that replaced Ivor was called Harvey.

    By Helen Scott-Williams (20/02/2021)