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MERELBEKE


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We lived in Belgium in the 1970s. Dad, Eric Hayles was working for Volvo Europa at Oostakker near Ghent and we moved into a house in the Verlorenbroodstraat in Merelbeke. We hope you enjoy our evocative photos of life in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent.

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GHENT/GENT BELGIUM


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We lived near the beautiful city of Ghent (Gent) in Belgium in East Flanders (Oost Vlaanderen) from 1974 till 1978, although dad was there for about another six years after that. We hope you enjoy some of our photo archive from those happy times.

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MERELBEKE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS


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Some of our wonderful neighbours and friends when we lived in Merelbeke. If you know any names that we haven't mentioned, please add them below the photo.

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DANSCLUB TERPSICHORE MERELBEKE


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Mum and dad had dancing lessons at the Dansclub Terpsichore in Hundelgemsesteenweg in 1977-78. These are pictures from one of their social functions.

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OUT AND ABOUT IN BELGIUM


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Our Welsh friends, the Davies Family


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We attended church at the Evangelisch Centruum, Burgstraat, Gent, where we got to know the wonderful Davies family from Wales (the clue was in the name!) Charles and Betty, Godfrey, Joseph and Noel. There were also two sisters who weren't in Belgium. Charles was an accomplished artists and signwriter. He once had a job painting the Coca Cola logo on lorries, so he must have been very good! He also painted a sign for our neighbours opposite which read "Bobinage van motoren".

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Documentation


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Leaflets and other documentation from our time in Belgium

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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 4/42880 viewsDec 05, 2017
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 3/42808 viewsDec 05, 2017
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GITO Merelbeke leaflet from 1975 2/4331 viewsGITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975Dec 05, 2017
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Cards at Number 31466 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried at his mother's in Moortsele463 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried's mother in Moortsele460 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried and Lydiane at Wilfried's mother's in Moortsele473 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 1978747 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa459 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Lydiane makes sure Wilfried is doing things properly463 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa451 viewsOct 27, 2014

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The Meerschauts and our relatives from England306 views
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De Schelde at the end of Verlorenbroodstraat 1970s637 views
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De Kouter Gent 1975521 views
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 1975238 views
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Party time at Dansclub Terpsichore Merelbeke388 views
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Maureen and Hilda319 views
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Photo developers A Bracke in Merelbeke613 viewsWhen we lived in Merelbeke in the 1970s, a spooky old derelict building stood on the corner of Hundelgemsesteenweg and Van Goethemstraat, next to the potato yard. Then one day, a couple opened a smart little photo shop in part of it. They were related to the Piens family who lived next door to us in Verlorenbrooadstraat.

The finished photos came back in an envelope with a drawing of the building. The entrance was to the right, just behind the tree in the picture.
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Party time at Dansclub Terpsichore Merelbeke256 views
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British Week in Gent, 1974... British "coppers" join the parade.446 views
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Party time at Dansclub Terpsichore Merelbeke255 views
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A great evening with our relatives from England and Wilfried and Lydiane De Moor353 views
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Sledging on ice on a small brook next to the Watersportsbaan in Ghent.409 viewsUnknown Gentenaars.