It was so much eas­ier without all the ve­hi­cles!

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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_ kmash@hot­mail.co.uk. Please sup­ply an ad­dress for the re­turn of orig­i­nals.

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