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 Memories of Merelbeke - een randgemeente van Gent

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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 19751942 views
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 19751868 viewsMichael Hayles and Maureen Hayles
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 4/41019 views
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 3/4975 views
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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 from a post card712 views2 comments
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Merelbeke centruun - Gemeentehuis 1974626 views
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Merelbeke centruum 1974600 views
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Boer en ploegpaard 2 - Merelbeke farmer 1975598 viewsPlus zoon?
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Josh looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 29585 viewsTaken with an Agfa Box camera, two exposures.1 comments
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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 1978576 views
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GITO Merelbeke, 4e Elektriciteit 1977-78570 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 Merelbeke564 views
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 1975556 views
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Foundations of Velorenbroodstraat 31, 1974550 viewsWilfried De Moor, his brother and nephew working on the foundations of Wilfried's villa.
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The end of Verlorenbroodstraat537 viewsOur short-cut to the Hundelgemsesteenweg.
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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 by night, by Jonathan Hayles537 viewsTaken on an Agfa box camera resting on the ground with an exposure of about one minute.
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 1975537 views
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The only way to repair a VW... get on your knees and pray!536 viewsDad and Michael repair the heat exchangers already on our new Volkswagen Transporter minibus
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Skating on ice on a small brook next to the Watersportsbaan in Ghent.535 viewsThe Hayles brothers, December 19751 comments
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Dad leaves for work in his brand new Volkswagen Transporter minibus525 views
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Jonathan (aka Josh) Patricia Meersschaut and Ronny Meersscaut, pop sterren522 views1 comments
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Verlorenbroodstraat, at the end of the road.516 views
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Foundations of 31 Verlorenbrooadstraat513 viewsWilfried de Moor was building a villa. Josh spent many happy days helping out.
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Verlorenbroodstraat 29512 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 roof509 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 507 viewsJonathan and his dad, Eric.
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Andrew on the roof...505 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 Merelbeke503 views
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De Schelde at the end of Verlorenbroodstraat 1970s502 views
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Michael looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 29501 viewsTaken with an Agfa box camera, two exposures.
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Boer en ploegpaard1 - Merelbeke farmer 1975490 views
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Wilfried De Moor auditions for Cirque du Soleil490 views
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Wilfried and Lydiane De Moor with Eric Hayles on a tall ship in Ghent485 views
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Wilsonsplein Ghent.483 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 Moor472 views
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Josh Verlorenbroodstraat Merelbeke 1975471 views
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Photo developers A Bracke in Merelbeke470 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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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke466 views
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Michael, near Merelbeke 1975455 views
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Volksunie afplakker 1974449 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 29448 views
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A typical street in Ghent.447 viewsAnyone know which street?
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De Kouter Gent 1975443 views
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Michael Hayles, Ronny Meersschaut, Hedwig Piens leave for the GITO442 viewsLeaving for school. Josh is also there, behind Michael. Sadly he can't be seen.
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Eric Hayles and sons 1975440 views
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Michael and dad fix the VW exhaust.. it's only one year old!!440 viewsMerelbeke 1977
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With the Meersschaut family439 viewsIn Verlorenbroodstraat, Merelbeke
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Our Merelbeke home starts arriving back in England.....437 views.... on the roof of dad's VW Transporter minibus.
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Wilsonplein, Ghent436 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 1975434 views
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Josh on roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 29431 viewsYou can see Marcel Meersschaut's "boxen" in the background.
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Josh, Michael and dad, Eric, on the roof425 views
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Michael the giant leans on a neighbour's house in Verlorenbroodstraat425 views
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On the roof424 viewsJonathan, Andrew and Michael on the roof of our 1970s modernist Belgian house.
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Belgian trams on Wilsonsplein420 viewsA view from the Park Hotel in 1974.
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Wilsonplein from the Park Hotel, 1974418 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke418 views
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Sint Niklaas comes to Merelbeke415 viewsOne of the Criel brothers from Verlorenbroodstraat
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De Kouter Gent 1975415 views
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Austin 1800 in the drive of our house410 viewsDad's car, built in 1965. He bought it circa 1970.
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