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 Memories of Merelbeke - een randgemeente van Gent

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Michael Hayles, Ronny Meersschaut, Hedwig Piens leave for the GITO4857 viewsLeaving for school. Josh is also there, behind Michael. Sadly he can't be seen.
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 4/43871 views
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 3/43739 views
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 19752195 views
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 19752041 viewsMichael Hayles and Maureen Hayles
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Josh looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 292006 viewsTaken with an Agfa Box camera, two exposures.1 comments
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Centre of Ghent (or Gent) 1974 olr 19751988 views
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The only way to repair a VW... get on your knees and pray!1699 viewsDad and Michael repair the heat exchangers already on our new Volkswagen Transporter minibus
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Foundations of Number 311697 views
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Michael looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 291406 viewsTaken with an Agfa box camera, two exposures.
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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 19781200 views
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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 from a post card1180 views2 comments
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Pienske at work1170 viewsReuben Piens helps his father Eric with some building work. Maybe Hedwig, MUCH too small to be Phillipe.
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The end of Verlorenbroodstraat1082 viewsOur short-cut to the Hundelgemsesteenweg.
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Dad leaves for work in his brand new Volkswagen Transporter minibus1079 views
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Foundations of Velorenbroodstraat 31, 19741015 viewsWilfried De Moor, his brother and nephew working on the foundations of Wilfried's villa.
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Skating on ice on a small brook next to the Watersportsbaan in Ghent.975 viewsThe Hayles brothers, December 19751 comments
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Merelbeke centruun - Gemeentehuis 1974964 views
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1975 not sure where but not far from Merelbeke957 views
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Boer en ploegpaard 2 - Merelbeke farmer 1975951 viewsPlus zoon?
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Merelbeke centruum 1974950 views
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GITO Merelbeke, 4e Elektriciteit 1977-78938 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 Hayles913 viewsTaken on an Agfa box camera resting on the ground with an exposure of about one minute.
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Foundations of 31 Verlorenbrooadstraat910 viewsWilfried de Moor was building a villa. Josh spent many happy days helping out.
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On the roof 894 viewsJonathan and his dad, Eric.
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 1975894 views
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Verlorenbroodstraat, at the end of the road.883 views
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 1975883 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke880 views
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View from the roof872 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 29864 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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Jonathan (aka Josh) Patricia Meersschaut and Ronny Meersscaut, pop sterren863 views1 comments
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De Schelde at the end of Verlorenbroodstraat 1970s862 views
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Andrew on the roof...857 viewsIn the background, the garage door of the Meerschaut's house. Marcel Meerschaut was a "Bobinage van motoren".
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Photo developers A Bracke in Merelbeke857 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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Wilsonsplein Ghent.851 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke846 views
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A typical street in Ghent.825 viewsAnyone know which street?
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Volksunie afplakker 1974821 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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Our Merelbeke home starts arriving back in England.....820 views.... on the roof of dad's VW Transporter minibus.
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Ghent by night by Eric Hayles818 viewsEarly 1980s
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Wilfried and Lydiane De Moor with Eric Hayles on a tall ship in Ghent804 views
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Wilsonplein, Ghent800 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 Moor798 views
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Wilfried De Moor auditions for Cirque du Soleil786 views
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Josh Verlorenbroodstraat Merelbeke 1975781 views
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Wilsonplein, Ghent766 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 29762 views
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Michael, near Merelbeke 1975761 views
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Eric and Maureen Hayles Wilsonplein Gent 1975756 views
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Michael and dad fix the VW exhaust.. it's only one year old!!756 viewsMerelbeke 1977
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Michael the giant leans on a neighbour's house in Verlorenbroodstraat746 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke741 views
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Wembley English pub in Ghent740 viewsAfplakker van de Wembley "English pub" in Gent.
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Michael and dad fix the VW exhaust.. it's only one year old!!739 viewsMerelbeke 1977
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Boer en ploegpaard1 - Merelbeke farmer 1975737 views
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De Kouter Gent 1975735 views
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Ghent 1979730 views
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With the Meersschaut family722 viewsIn Verlorenbroodstraat, Merelbeke
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke711 views
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