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 Memories of Merelbeke - een randgemeente van Gent

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Michael Hayles, Ronny Meersschaut, Hedwig Piens leave for the GITO4932 viewsLeaving for school. Josh is also there, behind Michael. Sadly he can't be seen.
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 4/44080 views
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 3/43924 views
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Foundations of Number 312966 views
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The only way to repair a VW... get on your knees and pray!2603 viewsDad and Michael repair the heat exchangers already on our new Volkswagen Transporter minibus
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 19752252 views
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Centre of Ghent (or Gent) 1974 olr 19752232 views
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Josh looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 292141 viewsTaken with an Agfa Box camera, two exposures.1 comments
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 19752085 viewsMichael Hayles and Maureen Hayles
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Michael looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 291539 viewsTaken with an Agfa box camera, two exposures.
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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 19781331 views
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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 from a post card1288 views2 comments
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Pienske at work1238 viewsReuben Piens helps his father Eric with some building work. Maybe Hedwig, MUCH too small to be Phillipe.
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Foundations of Velorenbroodstraat 31, 19741189 viewsWilfried De Moor, his brother and nephew working on the foundations of Wilfried's villa.
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The end of Verlorenbroodstraat1185 viewsOur short-cut to the Hundelgemsesteenweg.
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Dad leaves for work in his brand new Volkswagen Transporter minibus1169 views
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1975 not sure where but not far from Merelbeke1122 views
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Foundations of 31 Verlorenbrooadstraat1077 viewsWilfried de Moor was building a villa. Josh spent many happy days helping out.
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Skating on ice on a small brook next to the Watersportsbaan in Ghent.1067 viewsThe Hayles brothers, December 19751 comments
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Merelbeke centruun - Gemeentehuis 19741051 views
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Merelbeke centruum 19741037 views
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Boer en ploegpaard 2 - Merelbeke farmer 19751034 viewsPlus zoon?
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GITO Merelbeke, 4e Elektriciteit 1977-781030 views4e elektriciteit, GITO, Merelbeke, schooljaar 1977-78. Van links naar rechts:
1e rij:M. Mortier (leeraar wiskunde), Rudy de Sutter, Bernard Ramue, Ronny Meersschaut (mijn makker v.d. Verlorenbroodstraat), Marnix de Bruyker, Jonathan Hayles, Pieter Rijkbosch, Pieter Jacob, Luc Eekhout.

2e rij: Christian Bekaert, Hans Verstichel, Christian Piens, Geert van Assche, Johan Piens, Luc van der Straeten, Wim de Schrijver.

3e rij: Ronny van Wesemael, Geert van Lancker, Dirk Trossaert, Patrick van Hecke, Yvan Courtijn, Ronny Henrickx.

Twee studenten waren afwezig: Pierre de Cooman en Jan (van?) Goedertier. Ik ben niet zeker of de bovenstaande namen allemaal juist geschreven zijn.

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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 by night, by Jonathan Hayles999 viewsTaken on an Agfa box camera resting on the ground with an exposure of about one minute.
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On the roof 983 viewsJonathan and his dad, Eric.
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 1975980 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke971 views
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Verlorenbroodstraat, at the end of the road.970 views
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 1975967 views
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View from the roof954 viewsShowing the rear of the Meersschaut's house and one of the garages, or "boxen" that Marcel Meersschaut rented out.
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Verlorenbroodstraat 29953 viewsFrom the rear. In the foreground, a cement mixer on the building site of 31, Verlorenbroodstraat where Wilfried de Moor was building a villa.
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Photo developers A Bracke in Merelbeke949 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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De Schelde at the end of Verlorenbroodstraat 1970s948 views
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Andrew on the roof...942 viewsIn the background, the garage door of the Meerschaut's house. Marcel Meerschaut was a "Bobinage van motoren".
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke937 views
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Jonathan (aka Josh) Patricia Meersschaut and Ronny Meersscaut, pop sterren935 views1 comments
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Josh Verlorenbroodstraat Merelbeke 1975924 views
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Wilsonsplein Ghent.923 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.
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Jonathan, Andrew Michael at Verlorenbroodstraat 29911 views
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Our Merelbeke home starts arriving back in England.....911 views.... on the roof of dad's VW Transporter minibus.
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Michael, near Merelbeke 1975910 views
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A typical street in Ghent.894 viewsAnyone know which street?
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Volksunie afplakker 1974892 viewsSticker from the Flemish nationalist party, Volksunie, in 1974. On the other side was the Lion of Flanders which was scanned and appears on the right hand top corner of these photo albums.
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Ghent by night by Eric Hayles892 viewsEarly 1980s
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Cousins from England and Phillip, Hedwig and Reuben Piens and Ronny Meersschaut in dad's VW minibus891 viewsI think this is the only picture we have showing Phillip Piens
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Wilfried and Lydiane De Moor with Eric Hayles on a tall ship in Ghent876 views
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Wilsonplein, Ghent872 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.
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Eric Hayles with Family De Moor869 views
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Wilfried De Moor auditions for Cirque du Soleil856 views
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Michael and dad fix the VW exhaust.. it's only one year old!!831 viewsMerelbeke 1977
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Michael and dad fix the VW exhaust.. it's only one year old!!830 viewsMerelbeke 1977
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Michael the giant leans on a neighbour's house in Verlorenbroodstraat821 views
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Eric and Maureen Hayles Wilsonplein Gent 1975819 views
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Wilsonplein, Ghent818 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke815 views
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Wembley English pub in Ghent809 viewsAfplakker van de Wembley "English pub" in Gent.
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Boer en ploegpaard1 - Merelbeke farmer 1975801 views
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De Kouter Gent 1975787 views
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Ghent 1979787 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke782 views
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