So­cial his­tory through the cam­era lens

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Remember When? - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

OUR pic­tures from the past this week record happy sum­mer ru­ral fun half a cen­tury ago. Vil­lage fetes and func­tions were in full swing in the vil­lages around Ash­ford as the county basked in sun­shine. Most of the chil­dren wear­ing fancy dress fea­tured in the Au­gust Lit­tle Chart fete pho­to­graph would be pen­sion­ers now, while the line-up for the old folks party in the gar­dens of The Wheel­ers at Brabourne the same month will only be re­mem­bered as long gone fam­ily and friends. The fi­nal pic­ture from the 1958 col­lec­tion was taken at the an­nual St Mary-in-the-Marsh fete. All were taken by Ash­ford pho­to­graphic both­ers Ge­orge and Dou­glas Weaver and are kept in the archives of Re­flec­tions: Im­ages Past and Present. They hold the copy­right but prints can be or­dered by con­tact­ing Sue Gam­brill on 01752 851126.

Brabourne old folks party in Au­gust 1958

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