Fas­ci­nat­ing scenes sur­vived the wreck­ers

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THIS week we again delve through the ar­chive of Re­flec­tions Im­ages Past and Present, to look at some more splen­did pic­tures taken by mem­o­rable pho­to­graphic gu­rus Dou­glas and Ge­orge Weaver. It is thanks to the huge ef­forts of the late broth­ers that east Kent, and par­tic­u­larly Ash­ford, has been recorded in great de­tail, giv­ing one a feel for life in days gone by. The im­mense ar­chive is some­what unique, and over the years, I have reg­u­larly heard ‘horror’ sto­ries of pho­to­graphic archives of the area be­ing de­stroyed and burned. There are two spe­cific sto­ries that spring to mind. One of glass plate neg­a­tives be­ing used as hard­core for a con­crete hard­stand­ing at the rear of for­mer pho­tog­ra­pher’s premises in Folke­stone, and closer to home, a chief pho­tog­ra­pher telling his staff to slash the neg­a­tives and plates with a knife, so no­body else could use them. Al­though there are dif­fi­cul­ties with keep­ing old neg­a­tives, these acts could be classed as ‘crim­i­nal’ to those of us who are pas­sion­ate about the pic­to­rial his­tory of our area. His­to­ri­ans like me owe huge thanks to the likes of Sue Gam­brill and her late hus­band Ian, for pre­serv­ing such a val­ued ar­chive for many gen­er­a­tions to come. This week’s trio of splen­did im­ages come from 1960. The im­ages are copy­righted, but prints can be or­dered by con­tact­ing Sue Gam­brill at Re­flec­tions on 01752 851126 and quot­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber un­der the re­quired pic­ture. Oth­ers can be or­dered via the web­site www.re­flec­tion­sim­ages.co.uk Our first pic­ture this week shows nurses, staff and guests to­gether for a prize­giv­ing at Ash­ford Hos­pi­tal in May 1960. The happy event was at­tended by those on the hos­pi­tal board, lo­cal dig­ni­taries, and the late Bill Deedes MP, pic­tured front row on the right. The once bustling hos­pi­tal which was opened by the Duke and Duchess of York in 1926, has re­cently been in the news af­ter work be­gun to de­mol­ish a large sec­tion of the for­mer hos­pi­tal. Al­though the frontage is still stand­ing, it’s fu­ture preser­va­tion and us­age still re­mains in doubt. The sec­ond pic­ture shows the Beaver Road premises of County Mo­tors, in June 1960, dur­ing an event at­tended by lo­cal sea cadets. Their premises which later be­came part of Ford deal­er­ship John Wil­ment, was once sand­wiched be­tween the for­mer cin­ema at the corner of New­town Road and ad­join­ing premises which be­came home to DIY gi­ant B&Q in 1976. Our fi­nal pic­ture shows prizewin­ners at the North Boys School’s sports day in May 1960. Sadly in­di­vid­ual names are ab­sent, but how many lo­cal lads can iden­tify them­selves in this splen­did pic­ture from 50 years ago? If you can iden­tify your­self, please con­tact me at the usual ad­dress. I would like to ap­peal to read­ers who ei­ther took or have any am­a­teur or pro­fes­sional pic­tures of the town dur­ing the changes from the 1950s to the 1970s as I would love to see them. I am al­ways keen to hear from those who worked in the town, per­haps in lo­cal govern­ment, and whose job en­tailed tak­ing pho­to­graphs for plan­ning and con­ser­va­tion, high­ways and con­sul­ta­tion, and those in­volved with the Com­pul­sory Pur­chase reg­u­la­tions in the 1970s. Have you got any pic­tures, neg­a­tives or trans­paren­cies from the past that you would be will­ing to share with read­ers?

Send pic­tures with brief de­tails, to Steve Sal­ter, Ken­tish Ex­press Re­mem­ber When, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent, TN24 8JR, or by e-mail to, re­mem­ber­when_ kmash@hot­mail.co.uk Please sup­ply a re­turn ad­dress for the re­turn of orig­i­nals.

Ref: 19602074

Win­ners at the North Boys Schools sports day, May 1960

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