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 Memories of Merelbeke - een randgemeente van Gent

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A canal in Ghent.432 viewsCan anyone help identify which one?
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Mijn ma in haar eigen TUCO :-)432 views
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Maureen Hayles in Savaanstraat Gent in 1974432 views
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Fountain in Zuidpark Gent432 views
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Ghent skyline 1979431 views
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Verlorenbroodstraat 31428 views
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Maureen Hayles in Gent in 1974427 views
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 1975426 views
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Ghent 1979426 views
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Ghent skyline 1979424 views
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Neighbours with us in Verlorenbroodstraat 29423 viewsWith her back to us, Patricia Meersschaut, the going clockwise, Stephen Hayles, Hedwig Piens (in cub scout uniform?), Ronny Meersschaut, Maureen Hayles, Andrew Hayles. I think they were giving us Dutch lessons. Frein=brake; tirette=zip enz...
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Park Hotel bill from 1974422 viewsEric Hayles stayed at the Park Hotel, Wilsonplein, Gent, when he first arrived in Belgium to work for Volvo Europa in Destelbergen. Later his office moved to the company's massive site at Oostakker.
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Ghent by night by Eric Hayles422 viewsEarly 1980s
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Ghent skyline 1979422 views
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Sint-Michielsschool Eindejaarshow 1998420 viewsJonathan begeleidt zijn lied op keyboards...

WIJ ZIJN DE KINDEREN:

Wij zijn de kinderen van de Sint-Michielsschool
Wij vinden alles tof hier, we vinden alles "cool"
Wij leren goed onz' lessen, wij letten heel goed op
't Is werkelijk een eer les te volgen in deze school


Wij werken hard, iedere dag, er is altijd veel te doen
Da's geen probleem, wij werken graag, wat flink zijn is toch schoon
Wij houden van de leerkrachten, wat zij zeggen is altijd juist
Maar 't beste moment van elke dag is wanneer wij mogen vertrekken naar huis


Wij zijn ook op het internet, de wereld kan ons zien
Wij zijn bekend in 't buitenland, in de ruimte ook misschien
Dat zou ons niet verrassen, wij hebben al lang gedacht
Dat onze onderwijzers van de Sint-Michielsschool, bezoekers zijn van Mars


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Carnival in Ghent 1974419 views
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Maureen Hayles in Gent in 1974418 views
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Visitors to Number 31418 views
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Maureen Hayles in Savaanstraat Gent in 1974416 views
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Ghent skyline 1979416 views
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Ghent by night by Eric Hayles415 viewsEarly 1980s
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Eating out in Ypres415 viewsMaureen Hayles, Godfrey Davies (just!), Noel Davies, Charles Davies, Ivan Cowan, Josephine Cowan, Betty Davies.

Please watch Godfrey's tribute to his father where towards the end he recalls the occasion in this photograph.

http://www.forevermissed.com/shadowsflee/#gallery%2Fvideos%2F283772

The Davies family had gone to Ypres to have a meal in celebration of Charles and Betty's wedding anniversary.

Quite seperately, Eric and Maureen Hayles had gone to Ypres because Scottish friends from our church in England, Ivan and Josephine Cowan, wanted to visit there.

Ypres is near the French border, nowehere near Ghent, so you can imagine how suprised both parties were to bump in to each other there.

They all had a meal together, and it was a memorable occasion, as Godfrey recounts in his tribute.
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Sint-Michielsschool Eindejaarshow 1998414 viewsQuinten interviewt Jonathan
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Visitors to Number 31413 views
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Patricia Meersschaut and friend 410 views
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Sint-Michielsschool Eindejaarshow 1998405 views
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Park Hotel headed notepaper404 viewsFrom the Park Hotel, Wilsonplein, Gent, 1974.
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Godfrey's Reliant Robin....400 viewsFound this among dad's pictures. He obviously took it when he came to pick us up from church and was waiting around. He took a few pix of the roads and would have had no idea that was Godfrey's car parked there... not until I told him today, nearly 40 years later!!

Eeeek! For anyone who hasn't found out yet, 40 years is nothing... it flashes by.
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Jonathan (aka Josh or Zors) and Ronny Meersschaut (aka Frein)397 views
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999395 views
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The Cowans and the Davies's395 viewsA visit to Ypres. Mr and Mrs Cowan from Hayes Town Chapel were staying with us. Mum and Dad took them on a visit to Ypres. Betty and Charles Davies are there too, along with their sons Noel and Joseph. Dad can't remember if you all met up in Ypres or travelled together. Either way, he didn't have room in our car for his sons, and it was as a result of that he decided to buy the Volkwagen minibus you see in some of our other pictures. It was so if friends came over from England, we could all go out together.
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The neighbours of the Meersschauts in Meerstraat (nu Weidestraat)393 views
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Park Hotel, Wilsonplein, Gent391 viewsClose up of the sketch of the Park Hotel from headed notepaper available in the rooms.
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999391 views
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Patrick Meersschaut and friend390 views
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The Cowans and the Davies's389 views
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999388 views
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Cousin Debbie playing with Reuben Piens in back garden of Verlorenbroodstraat 29388 views
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999387 views
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GITO Merelbeke leaflet from 1975 2/4387 viewsGITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999386 views
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Cousin Debbie and Smurf386 views
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Wilfried De Moor, aerial engineer!386 views
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999385 views
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999384 views
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999384 views
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999384 views
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Charles Davies and Joe Davies on BBC One's The One Show - Just their bit384 views
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999383 views
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A great evening with our relatives from England and Wilfried and Lydiane De Moor383 views
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Maureen Hayles and Monique382 views
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Christmas fun in Verlorenbroodstraat381 viewsJonathan Hayles, Hedwig Piens, Andrew Hayles
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A great evening with our relatives from England and Wilfried and Lydiane De Moor381 views
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999379 views
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Michael and Julie379 views
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Hilda Meersschaut and Maureen Hayles373 views
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Patricia Meersschaut with our Uncle Fred, a London taxi driver372 views
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