Link lives on in next generation
THE future of the long standing links is in the hands of young people and every effort is being made to involve the next generation to work together for European unity. Each delegation selected a team to work together on projects of vital importance to their community and chose this year to study heritage. The Ashford quartet of Ben Phillips, Holly Mitchell, Alex and Edward Mapley chose to speak and display stunning photographs of the regeneration of East Hill flour mill into a night club after it was burnt out, the restoration of the Hubert Fountain in Victoria Park, and the heritage of the railway with the coming of the international station and their vision for the future of the Newtown rail works. With professional French artists advising, they also had to create a model during a twoday workshop showing young people’s vision of the future. Certainly it provided some serious ideas for Ashford council chief executive David Hill and councillors John Kemp, William Howard and John Holland about the future of the railway works. The rail lines were constructed of wood representing the old and perspex the new parts, and new houses were designed in the shape of the rail sheds. They created a food court on the site with a fountain in the centre and used clay to make the works clock tower the central feature of a discovery centre. The model was surrounded by abstract drawings indicating 21st century living in Ashford. The French mayor praised the youngsters for working together over four days and showing imaginative ideas.
David Hill with young delegates
Pictures Sue Chapman