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 Memories of Merelbeke - een randgemeente van Gent

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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 19781469 views55555
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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 by night, by Jonathan Hayles1103 viewsTaken on an Agfa box camera resting on the ground with an exposure of about one minute.55555
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Boer en ploegpaard 2 - Merelbeke farmer 19751126 viewsPlus zoon?55555
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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 from a post card1417 views2 comments55555
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The end of Verlorenbroodstraat1287 viewsOur short-cut to the Hundelgemsesteenweg.55555
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With the Meersschaut family839 viewsIn Verlorenbroodstraat, Merelbeke55555
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Photo developers A Bracke in Merelbeke1050 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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Noel, Joseph and Godfrey Davies739 views55555
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Cousins from England and Phillip, Hedwig and Reuben Piens and Ronny Meersschaut in dad's VW minibus1299 viewsI think this is the only picture we have showing Phillip Piens55555
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De Schelde at the end of Verlorenbroodstraat 1970s1041 views55555
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On the roof 1088 viewsJonathan and his dad, Eric.55555
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Foundations of 31 Verlorenbrooadstraat1217 viewsWilfried de Moor was building a villa. Josh spent many happy days helping out.55555
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Jonathan (aka Josh) Patricia Meersschaut and Ronny Meersscaut, pop sterren1012 views1 comments55555
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 4/44285 views55555
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Our Merelbeke home starts arriving back in England.....1009 views.... on the roof of dad's VW Transporter minibus.55555
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Eric Piens watched by his son Reuben579 viewsApril 1978
I believe Eric is using Wilfried de Moor's cement mixer. I recognise it well!
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Charles Davies and Joe Davies on BBC One's The One Show776 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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Noel, Joseph and Godfrey Davies724 views55555
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Michael and dad fix the VW exhaust.. it's only one year old!!929 viewsMerelbeke 197755555
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Ghent by night by Eric Hayles968 viewsEarly 1980s55555
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Maestro Marcel Meersschaut, with Josh on piano and Patrick Meersschaut watching.736 views55555
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 1975609 views55555
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 19752312 views55555
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Wilfried and Lydiane De Moor with Eric Hayles on a tall ship in Ghent955 views55555
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Wilfried De Moor auditions for Cirque du Soleil929 views55555
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Merelbeke centruum 19741127 views55555
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 19751059 views55555
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1975 not sure where but not far from Merelbeke1251 views55555
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Eric Hayles with Family De Moor945 views55555
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Our Aunty Cathy with Ronny Meersschaut772 views55555
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Hilda Meersschaut768 views55555
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Michael and Wilfried801 views55555
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Our relatives and the neighbours of the Meersschauts in Meerstraat (nu Weidestraat)742 views55555
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999699 views55555
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Sint-Michielsschool Eindejaarshow 1998582 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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Sint-Michielsschool Eindejaarshow 1998582 viewsQuinten interviewt Jonathan55555
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Sint-Michielsschool Eindejaarshow 1998575 views55555
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Children from Verlorenbroodstraat playing in the garden.790 views197555555
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Party time at Dansclub Terpsichore Merelbeke624 views55555
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Party time at Dansclub Terpsichore Merelbeke612 views55555
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Friends and neighbours playing snooker701 views55555
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Friends and neighbours playing snooker759 views55555
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Christmas fun in Verlorenbroodstraat752 viewsParty games, Maureen Hayles, Els Willems and Jonathan (Josh) Hayles55555
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Christmas fun in Verlorenbroodstraat777 viewsJonathan Hayles, ElsWillems55555
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Josh looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 292415 viewsTaken with an Agfa Box camera, two exposures.1 comments55555
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Michael looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 291697 viewsTaken with an Agfa box camera, two exposures.55555
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The only way to repair a VW... get on your knees and pray!4120 viewsDad and Michael repair the heat exchangers already on our new Volkswagen Transporter minibus55555
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke1034 views55555
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke1075 views55555
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Dad leaves for work in his brand new Volkswagen Transporter minibus1264 views55555
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Volksunie afplakker 1974972 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.55555
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Wembley English pub in Ghent885 viewsAfplakker van de Wembley "English pub" in Gent.55555
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Verlorenbroodstraat 291045 viewsFrom the rear. In the foreground, a cement mixer on the building site of 31, Verlorenbroodstraat where Wilfried de Moor was building a villa.55555
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Andrew on the roof...1037 viewsIn the background, the garage door of the Meerschaut's house. Marcel Meerschaut was a "Bobinage van motoren". 55555
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A typical street in Ghent.967 viewsAnyone know which street?55555
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Wilsonplein, Ghent947 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.55555
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Wilsonsplein Ghent.999 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.55555
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View from the roof1043 viewsShowing the rear of the Meersschaut's house and one of the garages, or "boxen" that Marcel Meersschaut rented out.55555
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Verlorenbroodstraat, at the end of the road.1060 views55555
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Foundations of Velorenbroodstraat 31, 19741324 viewsWilfried De Moor, his brother and nephew working on the foundations of Wilfried's villa.55555
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