Um­brel­las out as Queen Mum calls

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Remember When? - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­

NOS­TAL­GIC flash­backs show­ing the more gen­teel times of half a cen­tury ago have cap­tured the imagination of read­ers, so this week we bring an­other se­lec­tion of pho­to­graphic mem­o­ries from the sum­mer of 1958. Queen El­iz­a­beth the Queen Mother was al­ways a lo­cal royal favourite, mak­ing fre­quent vis­its to the area. Our first pic­ture records her meet­ing guests at Wye agri­cul­tural col­lege dur­ing com­mem­o­ra­tion day on a rainy July day. In com­plete con­trast the same month the Ald­ing­ton vil­lage band posed for a pic­ture out­side their prac­tice hall. But where are the men that en­ter­tained through­out the district 50 years ago now? Are any of the younger ones still liv­ing in the area? The fi­nal im­age shows a packed Lit­tle Chart vil­lage hall on the an­nual flower show day with ex­hibitors, in­clud­ing many chil­dren, ea­gerly await­ing the an­nounce­ment of win­ners. All pic­tures were taken by Ash­ford pho­tog­ra­pher broth­ers 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.

HAVE you got any pic­tures from the past that you would be will­ing to share with read­ers? If so send them, with brief de­tails, to Mike Ben­nett, Ken­tish Ex­press Re­mem­ber When, 3436 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent, TN24 8JR.

Lit­tle Chart flower show in 1958

Queen El­iz­a­beth The Queen Mother at Wye Col­lege in July 1958

Ald­ing­ton vil­lage band in 1958

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