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 Memories of Merelbeke - een randgemeente van Gent

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Children from Verlorenbroodstraat playing in the garden.557 views1975
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Belgian trams on Wilsonsplein556 viewsA view from the Park Hotel in 1974.
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Michael and Wilfried553 views
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Austin 1800 in the drive of our house551 viewsDad's car, built in 1965. He bought it circa 1970.
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Foundations of Number 31550 views
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Charles Davies and Joe Davies on BBC One's The One Show550 viewsFor about 30 years, I'd be wanting to get back in touch with the Davies's, the family we'd known in Belgium.

I'd made a number of searches on the internet over the years, but not managed to find them.

Then on April 22nd 2014, the "One Show" on BBC1 was on. We had the sound down, and only left it because Rick Wakeham was going to be on, who played the wonderful keyboard arrangement on the Cat Stevens version of Morning Has Broken.

Not really paying attention, I suddenly saw a man on the screen who looked just like "Mr Davies" from Belgium. I'd only be saying to dad a few days earlier that it would be nice if one day we managed to make contact with the Davies's

"Dad" I said, "that looks just like Mr Davies". By then, the picture had gone, and some middle aged bloke with a beard and grey hair was talking and soon he was gone too.

I said to dad I was pretty sure it WAS Mr Davies.

Here's the report. And it was! And the middle aged bloke was Joseph, last seen as a teenager!
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Wilsonplein from the Park Hotel, 1974548 views
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Cousins from England and Phillip, Hedwig and Reuben Piens and Ronny Meersschaut in dad's VW minibus546 viewsI think this is the only picture we have showing Phillip Piens
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Michael and dad fix the VW exhaust.. it's only one year old!!542 viewsMerelbeke 1977
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Wilfried and Lydiane at Wilfried's mother's in Moortsele535 views
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Cards at Number 31534 views
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Christmas fun in Verlorenbroodstraat529 viewsJonathan Hayles, ElsWillems
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Friends and neighbours playing snooker527 views
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Hilda Meersschaut526 views
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Christmas fun in Verlorenbroodstraat524 viewsParty games, Maureen Hayles, Els Willems and Jonathan (Josh) Hayles
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Noel, Joseph and Godfrey Davies524 views
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Wilfried's mother in Moortsele524 views
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Wilfried at his mother's in Moortsele521 views
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Noel, Joseph and Godfrey Davies520 views
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Our Aunty Cathy with Ronny Meersschaut519 views
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Winter in Verlorenbroodstraat517 viewsA view across the road from our front garden.
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Our relatives and the neighbours of the Meersschauts in Meerstraat (nu Weidestraat)515 views
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa515 views
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Lydiane makes sure Wilfried is doing things properly513 views
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View from Park Hotel, Wilsonsplein, 1974508 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke508 views
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa507 views
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999505 views
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Wilsonplein, Ghent499 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 Ghent495 viewsThe centre of Ghent / Gent in 1974.
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A view of the nurseries seen from Verlorenbroodstraat494 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke488 views
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Foundations of 31 Verlorenbroodstraat in 1974487 viewsFrom the roof of Number 29
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Centre of Ghent (or Gent) 1974 olr 1975485 views
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Ringvaart Merelbeke484 views
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British Week in Gent, 1974... British "coppers" join the parade.478 views
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Volvo colleague Dennis Kinchen in Lourdes474 viewsDad and Dennis visited Lourdes, near Oostakker, in 1974 just to see why everyone else was heading there.
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A view of nurseries from a back bedroom of Verlorenbroodstraat 29474 viewsBy the late 1990s this scene looked very different, with a new housing estate standing where the nurseries were.
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke473 views
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Friends and neighbours playing snooker473 views
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Andrew on the roof472 views
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Maestro Marcel Meersschaut, with Josh on piano and Patrick Meersschaut watching.468 views
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke461 views
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Ghent by Eric Hayles455 viewsEarly 1980s
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Sky in Verlorenbroodstraat Merelbeke, 1970s452 views
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Sledging on ice on a small brook next to the Watersportsbaan in Ghent.451 viewsUnknown Gentenaars.
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Ducks in our garden at Verlorenbroodstraat 29448 views
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British Week in Ghent 1974447 viewsScots pipers on parade.
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Volvo colleagues in Ghent447 viewsDad (on the right) with a colleague from Volvo Europa.
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Skating on ice on a small brook next to the Watersportsbaan in Ghent.447 viewsThe Hayles brothers, December 1975
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Boerderij in Merelbeke444 views
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Ghent 1979444 views
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Ghent by night by Eric Hayles 443 viewsEarly 1980s
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Maureen Hayles in Gent in 1974441 views
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Volvo colleagues440 viewsTwo of dad's colleagues from Volvo Europa in Ghent.
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Party time at Dansclub Terpsichore Merelbeke440 views
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Centre of Ghent showing tramlines437 views
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Wilsonplein, Ghent434 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.
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Party time at Dansclub Terpsichore Merelbeke433 views
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Boerderij in Merelbeke433 views
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