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Readers seeking information from decades past
HALF a century ago an office at the junction of Newtown Road – where Ashford International station link road now runs – was a hive of activity as the British Rail district engineers base, playing a key role in Kent’s transport network. But as this picture shows, the serious staff who held great responsibility always turned into a fun-loving group at off-duty events.
Many remember the celebration parties, including George and Janet Shoubridge now living in retirement in Meadowbrook Road, Kennington, who loaned us this picture from the past. It was taken in 1952 at the County Hotel when they gathered for a fancy dress Christmas party. A Newtown lad, George was a clerk and Janet, then Miss Ellender from Wye, a typist and it was at work that the couple met and married. For the party, he is pictured on the floor in front dressed as Big Chief Running Water and she is seated in front in Austrian national costume. Now the couple are seeking to make contact with other staff who worked in the offices, which eventually closed in 1967. They can be contacted on 01233 636351.
The British Rail engineers party at the County Hotel in 1952
Could you rake up a picture from the past which you would be willing to share? Phone Mike Bennett on 01233 623232, or send them to Remember When, Kentish Express, Express House, 3436 North Street, Ashford, TN24 8JR.