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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 4/43211 viewsDec 05, 2017
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 3/43107 viewsDec 05, 2017
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GITO Merelbeke leaflet from 1975 2/4387 viewsGITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975Dec 05, 2017
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Cards at Number 31534 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried at his mother's in Moortsele521 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried's mother in Moortsele524 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried and Lydiane at Wilfried's mother's in Moortsele535 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 1978855 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa515 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Lydiane makes sure Wilfried is doing things properly513 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa507 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Visitors to Number 31407 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Visitors to Number 31401 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Visitors to Number 31413 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Visitors to Number 31418 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Josh and Lydiane in Number 29341 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Josh and Lydiane in Number 29323 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Jonathan, Lydiane and Wilfried in Numer 29348 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Jonathan, Lydiane and Wilfried in Numer 29317 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Josh, Lydiane and Wilfried in Numer 29331 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Jonathan, Lydiane and Wilfried in Numer 29318 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Hilda & Marcel Meersschaut with our Uncle Fred319 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Hilda & Marcel Meersschaut with our Uncle Fred330 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Ghent skyline 1979431 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Ghent skyline 1979416 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Ghent 1979444 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Ghent 1979426 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Our Merelbeke home starts arriving back in England.....673 views.... on the roof of dad's VW Transporter minibus.Oct 27, 2014
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Ghent skyline 1979422 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Ghent skyline 1979424 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Josh in living room of Verlorenbrooadstraat 29340 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Ronny Meersschaut in living room of Verlorenbrooadstraat 29335 viewsOct 27, 2014
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A great night at Number 31346 viewsOct 27, 2014
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A great night at Number 31324 viewsOct 27, 2014
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A great night at Number 31329 viewsOct 27, 2014
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A great night at Number 31331 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Lydiane de Moor with a pet April 1978345 viewsOct 26, 2014
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Eric Piens watched by his son Reuben352 viewsApril 1978
I believe Eric is using Wilfried de Moor's cement mixer. I recognise it well!
Oct 26, 2014
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Eric Piens helped by sons Hedwig and Reuben361 viewsApril 1978
I believe Eric is using Wilfried de Moor's cement mixer. I recognise it well!
Oct 26, 2014
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Reuben, Josh and Maureen357 viewsOct 26, 2014
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Maureen and Josh361 viewsOct 26, 2014
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Photo developers A Bracke in Merelbeke711 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.
Oct 26, 2014
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Skating on ice on a small brook next to the Watersportsbaan in Ghent.447 viewsThe Hayles brothers, December 1975Oct 26, 2014
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Skating on ice on a small brook next to the Watersportsbaan in Ghent.797 viewsThe Hayles brothers, December 19751 commentsOct 26, 2014
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Sledging on ice on a small brook next to the Watersportsbaan in Ghent.451 viewsUnknown Gentenaars.Oct 26, 2014
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Wilfried de Moor being very neighbourly356 viewsFor some reason, Wilfried seems to be clearing the snow at Hayles House! December 78 or Jan 79.Oct 26, 2014
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Charles Davies and Joe Davies on BBC One's The One Show - Just their bit384 viewsApr 26, 2014
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Charles Davies and Joe Davies on BBC One's The One Show550 viewsFor about 30 years, I'd be wanting to get back in touch with the Davies's, the family we'd known in Belgium.

I'd made a number of searches on the internet over the years, but not managed to find them.

Then on April 22nd 2014, the "One Show" on BBC1 was on. We had the sound down, and only left it because Rick Wakeham was going to be on, who played the wonderful keyboard arrangement on the Cat Stevens version of Morning Has Broken.

Not really paying attention, I suddenly saw a man on the screen who looked just like "Mr Davies" from Belgium. I'd only be saying to dad a few days earlier that it would be nice if one day we managed to make contact with the Davies's

"Dad" I said, "that looks just like Mr Davies". By then, the picture had gone, and some middle aged bloke with a beard and grey hair was talking and soon he was gone too.

I said to dad I was pretty sure it WAS Mr Davies.

Here's the report. And it was! And the middle aged bloke was Joseph, last seen as a teenager!
Apr 26, 2014
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Noel, Joseph and Godfrey Davies524 viewsApr 25, 2014
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Noel, Joseph and Godfrey Davies520 viewsApr 25, 2014
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Godfrey's Reliant Robin....400 viewsFound this among dad's pictures. He obviously took it when he came to pick us up from church and was waiting around. He took a few pix of the roads and would have had no idea that was Godfrey's car parked there... not until I told him today, nearly 40 years later!!

Eeeek! For anyone who hasn't found out yet, 40 years is nothing... it flashes by.
Apr 25, 2014
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The Cowans and the Davies's395 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.Apr 25, 2014
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Eating out in Ypres415 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.
Apr 25, 2014
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The Cowans and the Davies's389 viewsApr 25, 2014
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Michael and dad fix the VW exhaust.. it's only one year old!!541 viewsMerelbeke 1977Mar 26, 2014
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Michael and dad fix the VW exhaust.. it's only one year old!!624 viewsMerelbeke 1977Mar 26, 2014
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