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 Memories of Merelbeke - een randgemeente van Gent

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Michael Hayles, Ronny Meersschaut, Hedwig Piens leave for the GITO4915 viewsLeaving for school. Josh is also there, behind Michael. Sadly he can't be seen.
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 4/44033 views
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 3/43884 views
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Foundations of Number 312652 views
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The only way to repair a VW... get on your knees and pray!2445 viewsDad and Michael repair the heat exchangers already on our new Volkswagen Transporter minibus
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 19752244 views
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Centre of Ghent (or Gent) 1974 olr 19752212 views
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Josh looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 292107 viewsTaken with an Agfa Box camera, two exposures.1 comments
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 19752080 viewsMichael Hayles and Maureen Hayles
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Michael looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 291521 viewsTaken with an Agfa box camera, two exposures.
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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 19781308 views
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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 from a post card1265 views2 comments
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Pienske at work1231 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, 19741167 viewsWilfried De Moor, his brother and nephew working on the foundations of Wilfried's villa.
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The end of Verlorenbroodstraat1164 viewsOur short-cut to the Hundelgemsesteenweg.
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Dad leaves for work in his brand new Volkswagen Transporter minibus1149 views
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1975 not sure where but not far from Merelbeke1100 views
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Foundations of 31 Verlorenbrooadstraat1054 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.1054 viewsThe Hayles brothers, December 19751 comments
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Merelbeke centruun - Gemeentehuis 19741030 views
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Merelbeke centruum 19741018 views
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Boer en ploegpaard 2 - Merelbeke farmer 19751016 viewsPlus zoon?
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GITO Merelbeke, 4e Elektriciteit 1977-781010 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 Hayles979 viewsTaken on an Agfa box camera resting on the ground with an exposure of about one minute.
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On the roof 964 viewsJonathan and his dad, Eric.
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 1975961 views
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Verlorenbroodstraat, at the end of the road.951 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke951 views
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 1975948 views
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View from the roof936 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 29934 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 Merelbeke930 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 1970s929 views
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Jonathan (aka Josh) Patricia Meersschaut and Ronny Meersscaut, pop sterren924 views1 comments
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Andrew on the roof...923 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 Merelbeke915 views
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Wilsonsplein Ghent.912 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.
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Josh Verlorenbroodstraat Merelbeke 1975906 views
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Our Merelbeke home starts arriving back in England.....893 views.... on the roof of dad's VW Transporter minibus.
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Jonathan, Andrew Michael at Verlorenbroodstraat 29891 views
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Michael, near Merelbeke 1975891 views
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A typical street in Ghent.883 viewsAnyone know which street?
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Ghent by night by Eric Hayles882 viewsEarly 1980s
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Cousins from England and Phillip, Hedwig and Reuben Piens and Ronny Meersschaut in dad's VW minibus881 viewsI think this is the only picture we have showing Phillip Piens
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Volksunie afplakker 1974880 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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Wilfried and Lydiane De Moor with Eric Hayles on a tall ship in Ghent865 views
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Wilsonplein, Ghent862 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 Moor859 views
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Wilfried De Moor auditions for Cirque du Soleil845 views
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Michael and dad fix the VW exhaust.. it's only one year old!!813 viewsMerelbeke 1977
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Michael and dad fix the VW exhaust.. it's only one year old!!812 viewsMerelbeke 1977
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Wilsonplein, Ghent810 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.
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Eric and Maureen Hayles Wilsonplein Gent 1975810 views
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Michael the giant leans on a neighbour's house in Verlorenbroodstraat804 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke797 views
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Wembley English pub in Ghent796 viewsAfplakker van de Wembley "English pub" in Gent.
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Boer en ploegpaard1 - Merelbeke farmer 1975786 views
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Ghent 1979779 views
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De Kouter Gent 1975778 views
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With the Meersschaut family773 viewsIn Verlorenbroodstraat, Merelbeke
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