No glittering lights… but there was a layer of snow
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.
A snow-covered High Street during the Christmas of 1957