Switch­board op­er­a­tor gives line to past

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? - by Mike Ben­nett

Church fun from half a cen­tury ago

THIS week’s pic­tures from the past come from Wendy Bishop of Lac­ton Way, Willes­bor­ough, who as the coun­cil switch­board op­er­a­tor for many years, was the first voice of the lo­cal author­ity. Mrs Bishop has lent us this pair of pic­tures of Ash­ford Bap­tist In­sti­tute from the 1950s that fea­ture a num­ber of familiar faces from over half a cen­tury ago. In the pic­ture above, taken in 1954, she ap­pears in the front row, fourth from the right, as Wendy Beer and also in the im­age are her brother Gra­ham, and the Rev Gar­ret stand­ing at the back. Ea­gle-eyed read­ers will also spot a youth­ful Derek Smyth, mi­nus his fa­mous mut­ton-chop whiskers. He reg­u­larly fea­tures in cur­rent news col­umns as the Labour county coun­cil­lor rep­re­sent­ing Ash­ford South. The pic­ture on the left, taken in Fe­bru­ary 1954, shows the Ash­ford Bap­tist Church team from Sta­tion Road, at the an­nual In­sti­tute week­end party with fam­ily and friends.

Do you have any pic­tures from the past that you would be will­ing to share with our read­ers? If so, send them with brief de­tails to Mike Ben­nett, Ken­tish Ex­press Re­mem­ber When, 34 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent, TN24 8JR.

Ash­ford Bap­tist In­sti­tute week­end party in 1954

Ash­ford Bap­tist In­sti­tute mem­bers at a gath­er­ing, also in 1954

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