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 Memories of Merelbeke - een randgemeente van Gent

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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 from a post card644 views2 comments
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Merelbeke centruun - Gemeentehuis 1974580 views
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Merelbeke centruum 1974550 views
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Boer en ploegpaard 2 - Merelbeke farmer 1975549 viewsPlus zoon?
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Josh looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 29523 viewsTaken with an Agfa Box camera, two exposures.1 comments
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GITO Merelbeke, 4e Elektriciteit 1977-78519 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 Merelbeke514 views
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 1975510 views
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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 1978501 views
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Foundations of Velorenbroodstraat 31, 1974491 viewsWilfried De Moor, his brother and nephew working on the foundations of Wilfried's villa.
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 1975487 views
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The end of Verlorenbroodstraat486 viewsOur short-cut to the Hundelgemsesteenweg.
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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 by night, by Jonathan Hayles484 viewsTaken on an Agfa box camera resting on the ground with an exposure of about one minute.
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The only way to repair a VW... get on your knees and pray!483 viewsDad and Michael repair the heat exchangers already on our new Volkswagen Transporter minibus
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Dad leaves for work in his brand new Volkswagen Transporter minibus476 views
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Jonathan (aka Josh) Patricia Meersschaut and Ronny Meersscaut, pop sterren471 views1 comments
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Verlorenbroodstraat, at the end of the road.465 views
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Foundations of 31 Verlorenbrooadstraat463 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.463 viewsThe Hayles brothers, December 19751 comments
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View from the roof459 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 29459 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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Andrew on the roof...456 viewsIn the background, the garage door of the Meerschaut's house. Marcel Meerschaut was a "Bobinage van motoren".
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On the roof 456 viewsJonathan and his dad, Eric.
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke455 views
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De Schelde at the end of Verlorenbroodstraat 1970s454 views
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Boer en ploegpaard1 - Merelbeke farmer 1975453 views
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Michael looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 29449 viewsTaken with an Agfa box camera, two exposures.
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Wilfried De Moor auditions for Cirque du Soleil448 views
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Josh Verlorenbroodstraat Merelbeke 1975434 views
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Wilfried and Lydiane De Moor with Eric Hayles on a tall ship in Ghent431 views
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Wilsonsplein Ghent.429 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 Moor422 views
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Michael, near Merelbeke 1975417 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke416 views
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Jonathan, Andrew Michael at Verlorenbroodstraat 29410 views
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De Kouter Gent 1975402 views
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Volksunie afplakker 1974401 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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Eric Hayles and sons 1975400 views
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With the Meersschaut family397 viewsIn Verlorenbroodstraat, Merelbeke
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A typical street in Ghent.397 viewsAnyone know which street?
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Michael Hayles, Ronny Meersschaut, Hedwig Piens leave for the GITO397 viewsLeaving for school. Josh is also there, behind Michael. Sadly he can't be seen.
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Josh on roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 29396 viewsYou can see Marcel Meersschaut's "boxen" in the background.
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Eric and Maureen Hayles Wilsonplein Gent 1975395 views
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Josh, Michael and dad, Eric, on the roof388 views
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Michael the giant leans on a neighbour's house in Verlorenbroodstraat388 views
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On the roof385 viewsJonathan, Andrew and Michael on the roof of our 1970s modernist Belgian house.
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Photo developers A Bracke in Merelbeke385 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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Wilsonplein, Ghent384 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke383 views
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Belgian trams on Wilsonsplein380 viewsA view from the Park Hotel in 1974.
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Wilsonplein from the Park Hotel, 1974380 views
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Sint Niklaas comes to Merelbeke380 viewsOne of the Criel brothers from Verlorenbroodstraat
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Austin 1800 in the drive of our house375 viewsDad's car, built in 1965. He bought it circa 1970.
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De Kouter Gent 1975375 views
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Our Merelbeke home starts arriving back in England.....374 views.... on the roof of dad's VW Transporter minibus.
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View from Park Hotel, Wilsonsplein, 1974362 views
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Winter in Verlorenbroodstraat361 viewsA view across the road from our front garden.
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Michael and dad fix the VW exhaust.. it's only one year old!!361 viewsMerelbeke 1977
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Wilsonplein, Ghent358 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.
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Stephen Hayles and Eric Hayles in Ghent356 viewsThe centre of Ghent / Gent in 1974.
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