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 Memories of Merelbeke - een randgemeente van Gent

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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 19751919 views
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 19751849 viewsMichael Hayles and Maureen Hayles
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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 from a post card684 views2 comments
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 4/4612 views
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Merelbeke centruun - Gemeentehuis 1974608 views
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Merelbeke centruum 1974580 views
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Boer en ploegpaard 2 - Merelbeke farmer 1975577 viewsPlus zoon?
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 3/4572 views
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Josh looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 29561 viewsTaken with an Agfa Box camera, two exposures.1 comments
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GITO Merelbeke, 4e Elektriciteit 1977-78549 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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1975 not sure where but not far from Merelbeke544 views
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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 1978541 views
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 1975538 views
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Foundations of Velorenbroodstraat 31, 1974524 viewsWilfried De Moor, his brother and nephew working on the foundations of Wilfried's villa.
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 1975518 views
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The end of Verlorenbroodstraat516 viewsOur short-cut to the Hundelgemsesteenweg.
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The only way to repair a VW... get on your knees and pray!516 viewsDad and Michael repair the heat exchangers already on our new Volkswagen Transporter minibus
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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 by night, by Jonathan Hayles515 viewsTaken on an Agfa box camera resting on the ground with an exposure of about one minute.
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Skating on ice on a small brook next to the Watersportsbaan in Ghent.507 viewsThe Hayles brothers, December 19751 comments
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Dad leaves for work in his brand new Volkswagen Transporter minibus506 views
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Jonathan (aka Josh) Patricia Meersschaut and Ronny Meersscaut, pop sterren501 views1 comments
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Verlorenbroodstraat, at the end of the road.496 views
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Foundations of 31 Verlorenbrooadstraat493 viewsWilfried de Moor was building a villa. Josh spent many happy days helping out.
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Verlorenbroodstraat 29491 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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View from the roof490 viewsShowing the rear of the Meersschaut's house and one of the garages, or "boxen" that Marcel Meersschaut rented out.
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On the roof 487 viewsJonathan and his dad, Eric.
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Andrew on the roof...486 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 Merelbeke483 views
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De Schelde at the end of Verlorenbroodstraat 1970s482 views
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Michael looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 29481 viewsTaken with an Agfa box camera, two exposures.
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Boer en ploegpaard1 - Merelbeke farmer 1975474 views
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Wilfried De Moor auditions for Cirque du Soleil474 views
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Wilfried and Lydiane De Moor with Eric Hayles on a tall ship in Ghent463 views
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Wilsonsplein Ghent.459 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.
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Josh Verlorenbroodstraat Merelbeke 1975454 views
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Eric Hayles with Family De Moor450 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke447 views
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Photo developers A Bracke in Merelbeke439 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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Michael, near Merelbeke 1975438 views
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Volksunie afplakker 1974430 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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Jonathan, Andrew Michael at Verlorenbroodstraat 29430 views
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A typical street in Ghent.427 viewsAnyone know which street?
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Michael Hayles, Ronny Meersschaut, Hedwig Piens leave for the GITO427 viewsLeaving for school. Josh is also there, behind Michael. Sadly he can't be seen.
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De Kouter Gent 1975426 views
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With the Meersschaut family424 viewsIn Verlorenbroodstraat, Merelbeke
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Eric Hayles and sons 1975421 views
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Eric and Maureen Hayles Wilsonplein Gent 1975418 views
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Josh on roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 29416 viewsYou can see Marcel Meersschaut's "boxen" in the background.
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Wilsonplein, Ghent414 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.
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Our Merelbeke home starts arriving back in England.....412 views.... on the roof of dad's VW Transporter minibus.
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Josh, Michael and dad, Eric, on the roof410 views
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Michael the giant leans on a neighbour's house in Verlorenbroodstraat410 views
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On the roof408 viewsJonathan, Andrew and Michael on the roof of our 1970s modernist Belgian house.
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Michael and dad fix the VW exhaust.. it's only one year old!!405 viewsMerelbeke 1977
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Wilsonplein from the Park Hotel, 1974404 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke403 views
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Belgian trams on Wilsonsplein401 viewsA view from the Park Hotel in 1974.
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Sint Niklaas comes to Merelbeke401 viewsOne of the Criel brothers from Verlorenbroodstraat
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De Kouter Gent 1975398 views
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Austin 1800 in the drive of our house397 viewsDad's car, built in 1965. He bought it circa 1970.
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