It was so much easier without all the vehicles!
FOR the final Remember When of 2009, we take a special look back at the town about 100 years ago in 1909. With temperatures dropping, and recent snow showers covering the town, this picture clearly shows the efforts which locals went to in the days before luxuries such as cars, or for that matter any type of vehicle. Although these had been invented, there appears to be a distinct lack when this picture was taken. The former Saracens Head Hotel can be seen on the right, a legendary coaching stop off that disappeared in 1966 when it was demolished for the town’s first purpose-built self-service Sainsbury’s. Many of the other buildings further along on the right, have either been remodelled, or demolished, but nevertheless this area can still be easily picked out, in the town as we know it today. Although pretty, snow is hated by many, particularly when it causes problems with transport, such as the recent problems in the train industry and the malfunction of such services as Eurotunnel, Eurostar and Deutsche Bahn. People are ready to gripe, but ‘acts of God’ such as snow, are part of life. They managed in 1909! It just leaves me now to wish all our Kentish Express and Remember When contributors and readers, a very happy and prosperous 2010. Thanks again for your kindness and support. Have you got any pictures, negatives or transparencies from the past that you would be willing to share with readers? If so, send them with brief details, to Steve Salter, Kentish Express Remember When, 34-36 North Street, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8JR, or by email to, rememberwhen_ firstname.lastname@example.org. Please supply an address for the return of originals.