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 Memories of Merelbeke - een randgemeente van Gent

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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 1978995 views55555
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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 by night, by Jonathan Hayles829 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 1975869 viewsPlus zoon?55555
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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 from a post card1074 views2 comments55555
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The end of Verlorenbroodstraat899 viewsOur short-cut to the Hundelgemsesteenweg.55555
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With the Meersschaut family656 viewsIn Verlorenbroodstraat, Merelbeke55555
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Photo developers A Bracke in Merelbeke770 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 Davies561 views55555
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Cousins from England and Phillip, Hedwig and Reuben Piens and Ronny Meersschaut in dad's VW minibus590 viewsI think this is the only picture we have showing Phillip Piens55555
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De Schelde at the end of Verlorenbroodstraat 1970s779 views55555
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On the roof 799 viewsJonathan and his dad, Eric.55555
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Foundations of 31 Verlorenbrooadstraat787 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 sterren790 views1 comments55555
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 4/43460 views55555
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Our Merelbeke home starts arriving back in England.....732 views.... on the roof of dad's VW Transporter minibus.55555
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Charles Davies and Joe Davies on BBC One's The One Show586 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 Davies555 views55555
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Michael and dad fix the VW exhaust.. it's only one year old!!647 viewsMerelbeke 197755555
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Ghent by night by Eric Hayles648 viewsEarly 1980s55555
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Maestro Marcel Meersschaut, with Josh on piano and Patrick Meersschaut watching.508 views55555
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 1975454 views55555
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 19752143 views55555
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Wilfried and Lydiane De Moor with Eric Hayles on a tall ship in Ghent727 views55555
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Wilfried De Moor auditions for Cirque du Soleil712 views55555
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Merelbeke centruum 1974870 views55555
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 1975803 views55555
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1975 not sure where but not far from Merelbeke842 views55555
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Eric Hayles with Family De Moor718 views55555
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Our Aunty Cathy with Ronny Meersschaut564 views55555
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Hilda Meersschaut567 views55555
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Michael and Wilfried595 views55555
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Our relatives and the neighbours of the Meersschauts in Meerstraat (nu Weidestraat)555 views55555
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999534 views55555
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Sint-Michielsschool Eindejaarshow 1998446 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 1998438 viewsQuinten interviewt Jonathan55555
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Sint-Michielsschool Eindejaarshow 1998432 views55555
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Children from Verlorenbroodstraat playing in the garden.596 views197555555
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Party time at Dansclub Terpsichore Merelbeke470 views55555
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Party time at Dansclub Terpsichore Merelbeke461 views55555
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Friends and neighbours playing snooker512 views55555
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Friends and neighbours playing snooker568 views55555
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Christmas fun in Verlorenbroodstraat560 viewsParty games, Maureen Hayles, Els Willems and Jonathan (Josh) Hayles55555
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Christmas fun in Verlorenbroodstraat570 viewsJonathan Hayles, ElsWillems55555
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Josh looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 291798 viewsTaken with an Agfa Box camera, two exposures.1 comments55555
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Michael looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 29910 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!1280 viewsDad and Michael repair the heat exchangers already on our new Volkswagen Transporter minibus55555
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke754 views55555
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke791 views55555
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Dad leaves for work in his brand new Volkswagen Transporter minibus864 views55555
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Volksunie afplakker 1974735 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 Ghent655 viewsAfplakker van de Wembley "English pub" in Gent.55555
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Verlorenbroodstraat 29783 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...775 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.737 viewsAnyone know which street?55555
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Wilsonplein, Ghent717 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.55555
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Wilsonsplein Ghent.765 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 roof788 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.799 views55555
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Foundations of Velorenbroodstraat 31, 1974871 viewsWilfried De Moor, his brother and nephew working on the foundations of Wilfried's villa.55555
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GITO Merelbeke, 4e Elektriciteit 1977-78850 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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