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 Memories of Merelbeke - een randgemeente van Gent

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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 19751992 views
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 19751906 viewsMichael Hayles and Maureen Hayles
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 4/41788 views
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 3/41732 views
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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 from a post card789 views2 comments
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Merelbeke centruun - Gemeentehuis 1974682 views
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Merelbeke centruum 1974660 views
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Josh looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 29659 viewsTaken with an Agfa Box camera, two exposures.1 comments
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Boer en ploegpaard 2 - Merelbeke farmer 1975658 viewsPlus zoon?
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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 1978649 views
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GITO Merelbeke, 4e Elektriciteit 1977-78633 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 Merelbeke624 views
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Foundations of Velorenbroodstraat 31, 1974613 viewsWilfried De Moor, his brother and nephew working on the foundations of Wilfried's villa.
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 1975613 views
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Skating on ice on a small brook next to the Watersportsbaan in Ghent.612 viewsThe Hayles brothers, December 19751 comments
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The end of Verlorenbroodstraat603 viewsOur short-cut to the Hundelgemsesteenweg.
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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 by night, by Jonathan Hayles599 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!598 viewsDad and Michael repair the heat exchangers already on our new Volkswagen Transporter minibus
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 1975596 views
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Dad leaves for work in his brand new Volkswagen Transporter minibus586 views
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Jonathan (aka Josh) Patricia Meersschaut and Ronny Meersscaut, pop sterren582 views1 comments
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Verlorenbroodstraat, at the end of the road.581 views
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Verlorenbroodstraat 29576 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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Foundations of 31 Verlorenbrooadstraat573 viewsWilfried de Moor was building a villa. Josh spent many happy days helping out.
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View from the roof572 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 572 viewsJonathan and his dad, Eric.
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De Schelde at the end of Verlorenbroodstraat 1970s571 views
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Andrew on the roof...569 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 Merelbeke565 views
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Michael looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 29560 viewsTaken with an Agfa box camera, two exposures.
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Wilfried De Moor auditions for Cirque du Soleil544 views
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Wilfried and Lydiane De Moor with Eric Hayles on a tall ship in Ghent543 views
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Wilsonsplein Ghent.541 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.
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Boer en ploegpaard1 - Merelbeke farmer 1975535 views
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Photo developers A Bracke in Merelbeke534 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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Eric Hayles with Family De Moor529 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke528 views
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Josh Verlorenbroodstraat Merelbeke 1975522 views
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Volksunie afplakker 1974513 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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A typical street in Ghent.510 viewsAnyone know which street?
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Jonathan, Andrew Michael at Verlorenbroodstraat 29501 views
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Michael, near Merelbeke 1975499 views
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Our Merelbeke home starts arriving back in England.....499 views.... on the roof of dad's VW Transporter minibus.
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De Kouter Gent 1975497 views
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Wilsonplein, Ghent493 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.
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With the Meersschaut family491 viewsIn Verlorenbroodstraat, Merelbeke
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Michael and dad fix the VW exhaust.. it's only one year old!!490 viewsMerelbeke 1977
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Michael Hayles, Ronny Meersschaut, Hedwig Piens leave for the GITO489 viewsLeaving for school. Josh is also there, behind Michael. Sadly he can't be seen.
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Eric Hayles and sons 1975489 views
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Eric and Maureen Hayles Wilsonplein Gent 1975482 views
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Josh on roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 29479 viewsYou can see Marcel Meersschaut's "boxen" in the background.
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Josh, Michael and dad, Eric, on the roof473 views
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On the roof473 viewsJonathan, Andrew and Michael on the roof of our 1970s modernist Belgian house.
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Michael the giant leans on a neighbour's house in Verlorenbroodstraat472 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke466 views
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De Kouter Gent 1975464 views
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Belgian trams on Wilsonsplein462 viewsA view from the Park Hotel in 1974.
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Wilsonplein from the Park Hotel, 1974461 views
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Sint Niklaas comes to Merelbeke460 viewsOne of the Criel brothers from Verlorenbroodstraat
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Austin 1800 in the drive of our house458 viewsDad's car, built in 1965. He bought it circa 1970.
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