Link lives on in next gen­er­a­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sounds Good -

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

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