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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 4/43756 viewsDec 05, 2017
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 3/43631 viewsDec 05, 2017
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GITO Merelbeke leaflet from 1975 2/4454 viewsGITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975Dec 05, 2017
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Cards at Number 31627 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried at his mother's in Moortsele611 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried's mother in Moortsele615 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried and Lydiane at Wilfried's mother's in Moortsele629 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 19781110 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa604 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Lydiane makes sure Wilfried is doing things properly599 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa593 viewsOct 27, 2014

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Maureen and Josh424 views
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The Cowans and the Davies's443 viewsA visit to Ypres. Mr and Mrs Cowan from Hayes Town Chapel were staying with us. Mum and Dad took them on a visit to Ypres. Betty and Charles Davies are there too, along with their sons Noel and Joseph. Dad can't remember if you all met up in Ypres or travelled together. Either way, he didn't have room in our car for his sons, and it was as a result of that he decided to buy the Volkwagen minibus you see in some of our other pictures. It was so if friends came over from England, we could all go out together.
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Josh and Lydiane in Number 29396 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke840 views
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Verlorenbroodstraat 31479 views
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Christmas fun in Verlorenbroodstraat595 viewsParty games, Maureen Hayles, Els Willems and Jonathan (Josh) Hayles
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Marcel Meersschaut plays darts at Nmber 29317 views
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Eating out in Ypres463 viewsMaureen Hayles, Godfrey Davies (just!), Noel Davies, Charles Davies, Ivan Cowan, Josephine Cowan, Betty Davies.

Please watch Godfrey's tribute to his father where towards the end he recalls the occasion in this photograph.

http://www.forevermissed.com/shadowsflee/#gallery%2Fvideos%2F283772

The Davies family had gone to Ypres to have a meal in celebration of Charles and Betty's wedding anniversary.

Quite seperately, Eric and Maureen Hayles had gone to Ypres because Scottish friends from our church in England, Ivan and Josephine Cowan, wanted to visit there.

Ypres is near the French border, nowehere near Ghent, so you can imagine how suprised both parties were to bump in to each other there.

They all had a meal together, and it was a memorable occasion, as Godfrey recounts in his tribute.
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Visiting the neighbours of the Meersschauts in Meerstraat (nu Weidestraat)393 views
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Ronny Meersschaut in living room of Verlorenbrooadstraat 29391 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke552 views
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The Atomium in Brussels in 1975295 views