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10) Colin 
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Saturday, 21 June 2014 14:14 Write a comment

Hi I was just browsing on the PC and came across your page, I now live in Australia, about 60 miles south of Brisbane at Surfers Paradise and my home town is Folkestone.

During the war we went to Bideford in Devon until about 1943 and we lived at 113 Surrenden Road and the place was swamped with Canadians.

The fields at the top of the road towards the hills were full of AA Guns and the brickworks were just over the back of the fields and there was a very deep pit full of water with old fuel tanks from aircraft that made great rafts. This was Quested Brickworks as I remember, and a great place to play until my mum found out.

Hawkinge Aerodrome was up the top of the hills and was attacked on many occasions and your picture of bombs in the sea was possibly due to German aircraft dumping them anywhere to increase speed of getaway.

My grandparents were Mayor/Mayoress George and Matilda Gurr killed by a parachute mine on 29th May 1941 and my father was Police Sergeant Ernest Walter Swann who escape with injuries and was killed in a cricketing accident in August 1947 due to a fractured skull from being blown up by the parachute mine.

Incidentally the bunker down the Road of Remembrance was something to do with the Navy because I saw a sailor complete with webbing and rifle doing sentry duty outside the door but that was all.

I hope this was of some interest, Cheers Colin
9) Theresa Fowler  Female
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Wednesday, 7 May 2014 10:33 Write a comment

I have just looked through the Folkestone Churches - it is fantastic that you have brought so much history together - thank you

can't wait to look at some of the others now!!
8) linda hilton  Female
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Monday, 5 May 2014 14:48 Write a comment

Very interesting, seeing old pictures of the Warren, it was indeed the Marsh family who ran the tearooms , my best friend Carol's family .Her brother is a councillor in the town now and used to be mayor, Paul Marsh.
7) George.Hills  Male
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Friday, 2 May 2014 14:37 Write a comment

Hi the picture of the troops marching military road is as Alan say's is indeed Risboro Lane,the Victoria Pub which is now
turned into flats is the tall building a little further up.My grandparents used to
live in the 2nd and 3rd house past there,When they passed away i lived there and we used to be able to sit in our front
room and watch the Cavalry training until
it became married quarters.
6) George.Hills  Male
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Friday, 2 May 2014 08:41 Write a comment

I have just been looking at your latest pictures showing the coastal park,though i live in Shepway i have never visited there.looks great also all the pictures of Kingsnorth Gardens.I'm afraid it does not look like that now,I had my brother and family down from Scotland last year and we visited them,the ponds were covered in weed
as were the gardens.the only tidy part was at the entrance near Cheriton rd.
5) George  Male
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Sunday, 27 April 2014 13:13 Write a comment

Your new section for the R/H/D/seems to coming on a treat.I think the new Guestbook
will a big improvement on the old one.
Good luck.
4) David Richardson  Male
Victoria, B.C., Canada
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 23:27 Write a comment

From a 1916 newspaper (Victoria Colonist)

Our fellow townsman, Capt. F. Richardson, seems to be making a name for himself in the Training Division. After leaving the 47th.Battalion (col. Winsby's) he was transferred to the Training centre at Shorncliffe and soon obtained a brigade staff appointment, where he has been very successful in training men for France at Hythe.

We understand from Major J.C. Harris that Richardson is to be gazetted shortly, as chief musketry officer to the Canadian Field Artillery. Brig. Gen. N.C. Harston stated openly that Richardson was the greatest instructor in the Canadian Service. This is a tribute from so high an official.

Major Harris states that Capt. Richardson has made a new rifle out of the Ross model that eclipses any other arm in use here. He has modeled it after the Enfield and put on a centre feed, which, when fired at Hythe, showed itself to be easily the most rapid firer, and easily fired. We expect to hear that the short Ross with the improvements will be accepted and adopted. The pattern is easily the best balanced that I have come across, and equal in that respect to the springfield.

Christine Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:10
That is really interesting David, was there a photo of Capt. Richardson in the article? I would like to add it to the military page if we can find his photo. I take it you are a relative of his? Perhaps you have one?
3) Christine 
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Friday, 11 April 2014 13:34 Write a comment

(3) To let you know I gladly accepted Susan's kind offer of a scan of the Greystones Hotel brochure, and have now added it to the Hotels Page
2) Frances Nash  Female
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Tuesday, 8 April 2014 15:26 Write a comment

Short Step is a great WW1 site.......

Also on Canada day local school children lay posies on the graves of Canadian Troops in Shorncliffe Cemetary......

Taught in St Martin's as well!

Graham Jeffery Monday, 12 May 2014 06:31
I lived in Royal Military Avenue during the '50s and went to Sir John Moore Primary School, I remember once a year we used to march to the cemetery and lay a posy of flowers from our garden on the grave of a Canadian soldier. I also remember the 'Six Windows' on the Manage (Menage?) which was a horse riding centre. We used to climb up a flight of steps outside to watch the horses.
1) Christine 
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Friday, 4 April 2014 21:06 Write a comment

Welcome to the new Folkestone Then & Now Guestbook. If you want to find an entry in the old book, or just want to read through the lovely memories, you will find a link to the archived pages at the top.

I think you will find this one more user friendly - and it even shows up on a tablet!

So let's get started, and fill up this book with your recollections of Folkestone

Susan Mansley Sunday, 6 April 2014 08:08
I have found a brochure from the 1940s or 50s for the Greystones Hotel in Folkestone and will send a scanned copy if you email me
I saw from your post that it didn't appear in your 1958 list of hotels but my late husband's grandparents definitely stayed there when it was run by the two ladies (I found the brochure in a drawer when clearing out the house)
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