No glit­ter­ing lights… but there was a layer of snow

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With only 14 days un­til Christ­mas, this week’s Re­mem­ber When looks at the way Ash­ford looked dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son in times past. Many lo­cals still speak of their mem­o­ries of child­hood years. Over the years we have had peo­ple rang­ing from the world of show­busi­ness to a top sports­man switch­ing on the lights. Names such as Rolf Har­ris, Bobby Moore and DJ Dave Lee Travis have all made the at­mos­phere in the town much more ex­cit­ing for au­to­graph seek­ers. Ash­ford of the past was al­ways renowned for its Chil­dren’s Day events, many of them in­volv­ing lo­cal busi­ness­man the late Joe Fagg, who will be re­mem­bered for putting his heart and soul into the fes­tiv­i­ties in the weeks lead­ing up to Christ­mas. This week’s pic­tures were taken by the late Dou­glas and Ge­orge Weaver, who pro­fes­sion­ally pho­tographed the town as early as 1949. On the right is the coun­cil cham­bers in Kings Pa­rade, in a splen­did night view taken in 1957, in the days be­fore glit­ter­ing lights hung in fes­toon style that we are more fa­mil­iar with to­day. This style of lights was in­tro­duced in the early 1970s, but due to grow­ing costs, the dis­play has been vari­able in re­cent years, but still dress the town well. Note the ad­di­tion of the Kent horse em­blem on the post to the right of the pic­ture. The other pic­ture from 1957 shows a snow-cov­ered High Street next to Kings Pa­rade and shops of the past such as Worger and Achille Serre. Snow at Christ­mas is a rar­ity nowa­days, for some tak­ing the shine from the sea­son, as they once knew it. In re­cent times, it is more com­mon for it to snow be­tween the end of De­cem­ber through to March. Th­ese pic­tures are now the copy­right of Re­flec­tions Im­ages Past and Present and copies can be or­dered by con­tact­ing Sue Gam­brill on 01752 851126 or by vis­it­ing the web­site; www.re­flec­tions-im­ages.co.uk Please quote the ref­er­ence num­ber un­der the pic­ture re­quired. If you have any pic­tures of the town dur­ing Christ­mas and in par­tic­u­lar Chil­dren’s Day, please con­tact me at the ad­dress be­low.

1957-3715SKE

A snow-cov­ered High Street dur­ing the Christ­mas of 1957

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