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 Memories of Merelbeke - een randgemeente van Gent

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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 1978286 views55555
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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 by night, by Jonathan Hayles276 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 1975343 viewsPlus zoon?55555
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Don Pepe Merelbeke 1977 from a post card425 views2 comments55555
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The end of Verlorenbroodstraat276 viewsOur short-cut to the Hundelgemsesteenweg.55555
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With the Meersschaut family253 viewsIn Verlorenbroodstraat, Merelbeke55555
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Photo developers A Bracke in Merelbeke172 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 Davies172 views55555
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Cousins from England and Phillip, Hedwig and Reuben Piens and Ronny Meersschaut in dad's VW minibus206 viewsI think this is the only picture we have showing Phillip Piens55555
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De Schelde at the end of Verlorenbroodstraat 1970s248 views55555
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On the roof 246 viewsJonathan and his dad, Eric.55555
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Foundations of 31 Verlorenbrooadstraat255 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 sterren301 views1 comments55555
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 4/419 views55555
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Our Merelbeke home starts arriving back in England.....165 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 Show191 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 Davies177 views55555
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Ghent by night by Eric Hayles207 viewsEarly 1980s55555
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Maestro Marcel Meersschaut, with Josh on piano and Patrick Meersschaut watching.172 views55555
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 1975133 views55555
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Visit to The Atomium Brussels 1975127 views55555
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Wilfried and Lydiane De Moor with Eric Hayles on a tall ship in Ghent193 views55555
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Wilfried De Moor auditions for Cirque du Soleil303 views55555
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Merelbeke centruum 1974340 views55555
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Ringvaart Merelbeke 1975287 views55555
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1975 not sure where but not far from Merelbeke307 views55555
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Eric Hayles with Family De Moor271 views55555
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Our Aunty Cathy with Ronny Meersschaut199 views55555
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Hilda Meersschaut195 views55555
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Michael and Wilfried216 views55555
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Our relatives and the neighbours of the Meersschauts in Meerstraat (nu Weidestraat)185 views55555
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999180 views55555
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Sint-Michielsschool Eindejaarshow 1998141 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 1998136 viewsQuinten interviewt Jonathan55555
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Sint-Michielsschool Eindejaarshow 1998122 views55555
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Children from Verlorenbroodstraat playing in the garden.211 views197555555
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Party time at Dansclub Terpsichore Merelbeke149 views55555
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Party time at Dansclub Terpsichore Merelbeke147 views55555
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Friends and neighbours playing snooker148 views55555
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Friends and neighbours playing snooker197 views55555
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Christmas fun in Verlorenbroodstraat191 viewsParty games, Maureen Hayles, Els Willems and Jonathan (Josh) Hayles55555
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Christmas fun in Verlorenbroodstraat206 viewsJonathan Hayles, ElsWillems55555
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Josh looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 29309 viewsTaken with an Agfa Box camera, two exposures.1 comments55555
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Michael looking ghostly on the roof of Verlorenbroodstraat 29245 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!260 viewsDad and Michael repair the heat exchangers already on our new Volkswagen Transporter minibus55555
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke219 views55555
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Sinterklaas comes to Merelbeke247 views55555
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Dad leaves for work in his brand new Volkswagen Transporter minibus273 views55555
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GITO Merelbeke, 4e Elektriciteit 1977-78310 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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Volksunie afplakker 1974241 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 Ghent217 viewsAfplakker van de Wembley "English pub" in Gent.55555
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Verlorenbroodstraat 29254 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...249 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.240 viewsAnyone know which street?55555
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Wilsonplein, Ghent230 viewsDad stayed in the Park Hotel when he first arrived in Belgium, in the centre of Ghent.55555
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Wilsonsplein Ghent.274 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 roof254 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.260 views55555
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Foundations of Velorenbroodstraat 31, 1974278 viewsWilfried De Moor, his brother and nephew working on the foundations of Wilfried's villa.55555
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Skating on ice on a small brook next to the Watersportsbaan in Ghent.238 viewsThe Hayles brothers, December 19751 comments44444
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