Wonderful collection of pictures. Many of them are the sort of pics I'm always urging people to take in their own towns. If local history societies, or people like us, don't take them now they'll be gone before many tomorrows are here.
In Ashford we're fortunate. We have an active local history society with several talented photographers. You frequently see one or more of them about at weekends. There's also a guy who has amassed an impressive collection of old photographs and postcards of Ashford some of them dating back a century or more. He's already published two books of them.
The local library has a Railway Room with a magnificent collection of books, magazines, documents and photographs of the old Ashford Railway Works from Victorian times till it closed in the 1980s.
All in all, the town's history is pretty well documented, and the work is carrying on.
Sorry to say I haven't been doing my two penn'orth for a time but now we're getting some better weather I want to take a camera with me when I go out and about in my electric buggy.
Local people are so used to seeing me about with a camera over the past 40 or so years, the past four either on crutches or in my buggy, that no-one takes any notice of that disabled eccentric Old Inhabitant and his photography hobby. I'm like G. K. Chesterton's postman - the invisible man. Got to say that the buggy is much more convenient than crutches for toting a camera! . When I do take some more pics I'll post them.
Watch your speed in that buggy, my wife needed one for a while and got a speeding ticket, They can be pretty fast when fuly charged.
Not much chance of that, Jack. My buggy is built for pavement use and shopping. It's a Shoprider Sovreign, made in the US, and has a top speed fully charged of 5 mph. It's handy because it's only two feet wide so it will go through shop doorways, provided there isn't a step.
You can get smaller ones, almost like a skateboard with a seat, that will fold up to go in the boot (trunk) of a car. I'm thinking of getting one when I can afford it so that when John and Wendy take me out in the car I can take it with me.
You can also buy larger ones equipped with a full set of lights, direction indicators and so on to make them road legal. They can do between 10 and 15 mph but they're really too large to take into shops.
speaking of buggy's, some sheila nearly ran me over with one yesterday (saturday) afternoon in my local shopping center. the shops were semi crowded, i was heading to the supermarket to do some weekly shopping to feed the troops, up ahead i could strangely see people jumping this way and that..i didnt understand why or think much of it until this red scooter (we call em) with a woman wearing a rather stoic look focused dead ahead of her, indifferent to anyone else about her, plowed straight through the people in front of me and was a collision course for me, i had but a split second or so to jump out of the way. i thought about saying something like HEY! but she was gone before any words formed, continuing on with her mayhem in a speeding flash. my annoyance turned to comical fascination as i observed the long clear path still formed ahead of me and now also from the direction which i came, then watching with amazement all the people in distance predictably jumping out of the way !
those pictures where great to look at too! so many i liked, one in particular of a P51 (i think it was) in flight was great, plenty of others too, aircraft and army blokes on jeeps or working etc, some of those posed shots of the women with the bright red lipstick, fingernails and hairstyles are pretty nice too, its a nice look on those attractive girls