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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 4/43288 viewsDec 05, 2017
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 3/43184 viewsDec 05, 2017
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GITO Merelbeke leaflet from 1975 2/4398 viewsGITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975Dec 05, 2017
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Cards at Number 31547 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried at his mother's in Moortsele532 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried's mother in Moortsele535 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried and Lydiane at Wilfried's mother's in Moortsele547 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 1978895 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa527 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Lydiane makes sure Wilfried is doing things properly526 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa517 viewsOct 27, 2014

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Party time at Dansclub Terpsichore Merelbeke270 views
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Josh Verlorenbroodstraat Merelbeke 1975643 views
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Ghent by night by Eric Hayles 459 viewsEarly 1980s
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Uncle Fred with Marcel320 views
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Ronny Meersschaut in living room of Verlorenbrooadstraat 29343 views
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Uncle Fred, London taxi driver with Patrick's friend376 views
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Ducks in our garden at Verlorenbroodstraat 29457 views
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Patricia Meersschaut with our Uncle Fred, a London taxi driver377 views
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Patricia Meersschaut and friend359 views
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Visitors to Number 31409 views
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Jonathan and Andrew look up at The Atomium in Brussels in 1975279 views
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Photo developers A Bracke in Merelbeke726 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.