Blue Plaque for Donovan

Donovan returns to his teenage home in Hatfield April 26th at 13.30pm to reveal a blue plaque to show he lived there. The Residents who live there now at 230 Bishops Rise are delighted.

In the Main photo Donovan holds his first ever recording on vinyl to show how he looked when he left home at 16 with his best ‘Gypsy’ pal Dave to live the life of a wandering Minstrel, on the beaches of Cornwall

At 18 Donovan became an overnight success in February of 1965 on Ready Steady Go, the Hip new British TV music show. In 2012 Donovan was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in 2014 he entered the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Next Celebrity to have a Plaque in Hatfield will be Norman Wisdom (Donovan’s Favourite comic film start when Donovan used to go to the local Hatfield cinema as a teen).

Donovan says, “I met Norman later on in London and told him so!”.

When asked how it felt returning to his teen home, Donovan said, “In that little wallpaper bedroom my dreams were dreamt of being a voice for freedom for my generation”.


Donovan was born on 10 May 1946, in Maryhill, Glasgow, to Donald and Winifred (née Philips) Leitch. His father was Protestant and his mother was Catholic.[ He contracted polio as a child. The disease and treatment left him with a limp. In 1956, his family moved to the new town of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. Influenced by his family’s love of folk music, he began playing the guitar at 14. He enrolled in art school but soon dropped out, to live out his beatnik aspirations by going on the road.