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Harlow is 75: The quiet Dutchman. Interview with Sjaak

Harlow is 75: A Celebration of Global Harlow / Sat 17th Sep 2022 am30 10:30am

WE HAVE now interviewed over sixty residents as part of the Harlow is 75 project.

They are all little windows into people’s lives before they came here.

On a sunny morning before a major cycle event in Harlow, we caught up with Jacobus (Sjaak)Van Der Poel.

We usually see Sjaaak either on his bike or disappearing into the distance at the Harlow parkrun.

But here we asked him for a few minutes of his time to discuss growing up in the Netherlands.

To mark the town’s 75thanniversary, Harlow Council and Your Harlow have launched a project which records the diverse history, heritage, and culture of the people and groups which are part of modern-day Harlow.

The Harlow at 75 project is made up of audio-visual recordings of conversations with both individuals and groups that explores their lives abroad before resettling in Harlow. The project reflects that we are a local but global new town and explores themes such as the definition of “Home”. 

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