Much-loved shops have gone in the skip

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When we reach a cer­tain age and have a good mem­ory, we of­ten be­come nos­tal­gic about the way things used to be.

It can be about a range of sub­jects such as child­hood and school­ing, tele­vi­sion of the past and pop mu­sic but it can also be about the sur­round­ings we live in. Noth­ing ever stays the same for­ever but many wish things did.

Of­ten we com­plain about how ‘mod­ern’ ways have de­stroyed the calmer times, and Ash­ford is no ex­cep­tion.

Whilst hav­ing a clear-out at home, we be­come nos­tal­gic and re­tain items that have sen­ti­men­tal value.

If we are re­ally de­ter­mined, we some­times hire a skip or go to the re­cy­cling de­pot but nev­er­the­less, of­ten haven’t got the heart to part with mean­ing­ful things.

Over the decades much of Ash­ford has gone ‘in the skip’, in­clud­ing its stock of in­di­vid­ual re­spected in­de­pen­dent busi­nesses. Re­ces­sion, re­tire­ment and re­de­vel­op­ment of­ten seem to be the rea­son.

This week we look back at some splen­did im­ages of lost in­de­pen­dent traders from 1964 taken by the late Bryan Sales of Ken­ning­ton. Many thanks as al­ways to Sylvia and Sid Marsh for their kind­ness in sup­ply­ing these im­ages.

Have you any pho­to­graphs or slides that you would be will­ing to loan to me, to en­able them to be scanned for pos­si­ble fea­ture in the Ken­tish Ex­press? Please don’t de­lay, get in touch!

Write to me: Steve Sal­ter, Ken­tish Ex­press Re­mem­ber When, Unit 4, Park Mall Shop­ping Cen­tre, Ash­ford, Kent. TN24 8RY. E-mail me: re­mem­ber­when_k­mash@ hot­ Fol­low me on Twit­ter @SteveKMAsh­ford.

Or you can also leave a tele­phone mes­sage for me with brief de­tails by call­ing 01233 623232.

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