Umbrellas out as Queen Mum calls
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