These pubs are gone but not for­got­ten

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I would like to be­gin this week by say­ing a huge thank you to all fol­low­ers and readers of Re­mem­ber When who have ei­ther writ­ten to me, e-mailed me and even stopped me in the street to air your ex­cite­ment and de­light in see­ing the colour pic­tures de­pict­ing the town in the late 1960s and early 1970s that we have be­gun fea­tur­ing re­cently. The rare con­tent of many of the pic­tures which have been scanned from 35mm slides has been in­stantly ap­pre­ci­ated. For in­stance one of my reg­u­lar donors of pho­to­graphs came over to me in a cafe the other day telling me how much he liked the pic­tures of Hemp­sted Street and the Welling­ton Ho­tel which I fea­tured a cou­ple of weeks ago. Thank you Roger Lind­field for your kind com­ments and ma­te­rial, it’s al­ways so much ap­pre­ci­ated.

With many mem­o­ries of old Ash­ford seem­ingly fad­ing into obliv­ion this re­cent haul of slides have at­tracted ap­pre­cia­tive feed­back.

As I have said in pre­vi­ous weeks, all due credit and thanks go to Ed­win Bartlett of Ash­ford. There must be many more peo­ple within the town and its sub­urbs who like Mr Bartlett took 35mm slides de­pict­ing Ash­ford ei­ther be­fore the changes, dur­ing the changes or af­ter the changes.

I am al­ways seek­ing slides and other for­mats such as pho­to­graphs. Slides are more of­ten than not in colour and of­ten colour im­agery has a tremen­dous ap­peal.

Even if you think you have some slides show­ing the town of by­gone days, but you have only a few – please still get in touch.

I would like to fea­ture such ma­te­rial in fu­ture Re­mem­ber When pages or even a new book. Also, please get in touch if you re­call friends or neigh­bours pho­tograph­ing the town in pre­vi­ous times and whether they may be able to help.

This week, Re­mem­ber When features another trio of gems from the very early 1970s.

Do you have any pho­to­graphs or slides that you would be will­ing to lend me, to be scanned and fea­tured in the Ex­press? Write to me, Steve Sal­ter, Ken­tish Ex­press Re­mem­ber When, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford TN24 8JR, email me at re­mem­ber­when_ kmash@hot­mail.co.uk or fol­low me on Twit­ter @ SteveKMAsh­ford. You can also leave a phone mes­sage for me with brief de­tails by call­ing 01233 623232.

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