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91) Tony Carr  Male
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Friday, 23 December 2016 07:59 Write a comment

I think the car being hoisted onto or off a boat in the harbour was crossing on the Autocarrier. As far as I remember it just carried cars and presumably their drivers - it was rather small compared with the ferries but there probably wasn't much motor traffic. My father was CID officer on the harbour 1946-51. One day when I was perhaps 8 yrs old my father and I were on the Canterbury and he was chatting to the captain I noticed we were moving and that was my first trip to Boulogne. I remember the harbour there still in ruins.

Paul Seward Friday, 23 December 2016 11:31
I'm sure you're right, Tony. One day the rope broke, depositing the vehicle unceremoniously onto the quayside. The Monte Carlo Rally cars used to call into Autopilots for a quick service before going over.

Paul Seward Thursday, 12 January 2017 15:34
Best available is at
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zoom in to see the properties in 1931.
90) Michael Ford  Male
Location:
Sydney , Australia
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Sunday, 18 December 2016 22:33 Write a comment

Our family owned and operated the Devonshire Hotel from 1958 to 1962, Leslie & Marjorie Ford my parents arrived from Australia late 1957. Our neighbours were the Rockett family next door including their labrador dog who I used to play with.I have fond memories of the High St.and the coffee bars including Mick who owned El Toredo's, Acropolis (Archie), Morellis, That cinema at the top of the High St(we used to sneak in for free), camping at the Warren, dancing at Toffs Jazz Club, I also used to work on the cross channel ferries across the road during the school holidays, which was fun. I could go on! but it would take too long. Its a Great resource you have created and I will drop in again.
89) Ian Tyler  Male
Location:
Hythe
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Tuesday, 6 December 2016 15:04 Write a comment

Folkestone rock pool
I knew the rock pool well as I swam there from 1957 until 1964 Ish with Folkestone swimming club. Sam Rockett trained me to swim the channel but Life moved on and never achieved my goal. I knew Janet Rockett more than her brother as we did life saving training in winter on the wooden floor. I have a photo of Folkestone swimming club in the rock pool from the newspaper about late 50's
88) Ian Tyler  Male
Location:
Hythe
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Tuesday, 6 December 2016 15:03 Write a comment

Folkestone rock pool
I knew the rock pool well as I swam there from 1957 until 1964 Ish with Folkestone swimming club. Sam Rockett trained me to swim the channel but Life moved on and never achieved my goal. I knew Janet Rockett more than her brother as we did life saving training in winter on the wooden floor. I have a photo of Folkestone swimming club in the rock pool from the newspaper about late 50's

Penny Ansell Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:14
Hi Ian, I have just seen your reply to my question about the rock pool. I would love to see the photo that you have if possible. You can email me at penansell@gmail.com
87) Steven West  Male
Location:
Plymouth, Devon, UK
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Tuesday, 6 December 2016 06:42 Write a comment

I was born 200 yards from the Clifftop Cafe in Capel, so some fond memories of running up and down the Warren as a kid when visiting grandparents. My father used to work at the cafe when it was owned by a man called Vic and tells of going up and down the warren daily, selling ice creams on the beach. Used to be a very busy place. There are two cave like areas in the cliffs, off the paths, that were gun placements in WW2 and these are not too far below the cafe, but no doubt now overgrown. Its been years since I have walked down there, but am there this Christmas so may go down and have a look.....
86) Steven West  Male
Location:
Plymouth, Devon, UK
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Tuesday, 6 December 2016 06:42 Write a comment

I was born 200 yards from the Clifftop Cafe in Capel, so some fond memories of running up and down the Warren as a kid when visiting grandparents. My father used to work at the cafe when it was owned by a man called Vic and tells of going up and down the warren daily, selling ice creams on the beach. Used to be a very busy place. There are two cave like areas in the cliffs, off the paths, that were gun placements in WW2 and these are not too far below the cafe, but no doubt now overgrown. Its been years since I have walked down there, but am there this Christmas so may go down and have a look.....
85) Peter White  Male
Location:
Hythe
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016 04:49 Write a comment

I wonder if you were a schoolgirl when living in Court-at-Street in the late 1950s early 1960s? When I worked at a grit factory in Aldington I would ride my blue Norton motorbike through Lympne then past the Welcome Stranger where quite a few school children would be waiting for the school bus. I am sorry to admit I used to ride as fast as possible past the waiting children in order to show off. I never gave a thought to any danger to the children so if you were one of those children I apologise most sincerely.

Christine- website owner Thursday, 1 December 2016 20:04
Ha a, that's funny. It wasn't me though, I didn't ever catch the bus from there, I used to ride my bike to Newingreen, leave it in the garage there, and catch the bus into Folkestone for school.
84) Alan Blackman  Male
Location:
Kansas City USA
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Saturday, 26 November 2016 15:24 Write a comment

Firstly - fantastic site. Spent hours pouring over the photos and stories.
I lived in Hawkinge and attended Harvey from 1971- 1976
Our house backed onto the aerodrome as it was. Many happy memories of discovering new treasures buried out there. Attended more than one dig when we uncovered such beauties as ME 109's
Amazing times!
Worked down the Old High Street growing up firstly in the Joke Shop demonstrating the latest tricks, then for Ray H? Engraving ID bracelets in the shop window and selling mugs with people names on to the tourists. Got in the newspaper the day the 2nd world war shop next door caught fire and we had to douse the wallets on the inside of our shop on the top floor to stop it from burning too !!
Happy days !!
83) Alan Blackman  Male
Location:
Kansas City USA
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Saturday, 26 November 2016 15:14 Write a comment

Firstly - fantastic site. Spent hours pouring over the photos and stories.
I lived in Hawkinge and attended Harvey from 1971- 1976
Our house backed onto the aerodrome as it was. Many happy memories of discovering new treasures buried out there. Attended more than one dig when we uncovered such beauties as ME 109's
Amazing times!
Worked down the Old High Street growing up firstly in the Joke Shop demonstrating the latest tricks, then for Ray H? Engraving ID bracelets in the shop window and selling mugs with people names on to the tourists. Got in the newspaper the day the 2nd world war shop next door caught fire and we had to douse the wallets on the inside of our shop on the top floor to stop it from burning too !!
Happy days !!
82) Alan Blackman  Male
Location:
Kansas City USA
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Saturday, 26 November 2016 15:14 Write a comment

Firstly - fantastic site. Spent hours pouring over the photos and stories.
I lived in Hawkinge and attended Harvey from 1971- 1976
Our house backed onto the aerodrome as it was. Many happy memories of discovering new treasures buried out there. Attended more than one dig when we uncovered such beauties as ME 109's
Amazing times!
Worked down the Old High Street growing up firstly in the Joke Shop demonstrating the latest tricks, then for Ray H? Engraving ID bracelets in the shop window and selling mugs with people names on to the tourists. Got in the newspaper the day the 2nd world war shop next door caught fire and we had to douse the wallets on the inside of our shop on the top floor to stop it from burning too !!
Happy days !!
81) Trevor  Male
Location:
Gravesend
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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 10:49 Write a comment

Just been reminiscing over the pictures of Moyle Tower on the seafront in Hythe. In the late 60's our school took over the place three years running for a week in May. A creepy old place, with drafty cabins in the gardens decked out with unstable bunk beds. Strange tasting cocoa before bed each night. Great times.
80) Kai  Male
Location:
Capel-le-Ferne
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Thursday, 18 August 2016 15:07 Write a comment

I'm sure The Roach Pond was so named because it contained lots of Roach fish Rutilus Rutilus.

I used to fish a lot there as a kid. It's a shames it's all but gone.

Christine - website owner Thursday, 18 August 2016 23:05
Thank you Ka, that would make perfect sense. I am surprised though, because I always assumed the pond would have been salt water, being so close to the sea, but I guess it couldn't have been if it had Roach in it.

Come to think of it though, I have a photo of cattle drinking from it, so yes, it must have been fresh water.

Thanks again for the information.
79) Pam  Female
Location:
Sussex
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:05 Write a comment

Cameron Macintosh has staged a new version of 'Half a sixpence' at Chichester festival theatre , its set in Folkestone and uses many of its location on stage and many of the lyrics use places in and around Folkestone , being set in Edwardian times it made me think of this site and its many past photos , I'm sure it will transfer to the west end its a must see.

Paul Seward Wednesday, 27 July 2016 15:27
It is based on H.G. Wells's novel Kipps: The Story of a Simple Soul. Steele plays Arthur Kipps, an orphan who unexpectedly inherits a fortune, and climbs the social ladder before losing everything and realizing that you just can't buy happiness. Wells drew on his knowledge of the locality while living at Sandgate.
78) Sue May#@*%! 
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Monday, 25 July 2016 20:55 Write a comment

I went to Folkestone Girls Grammar School back in the 60’s as a boarder, first at Westbourne House, which was part of the Technical College as there was no room in the Grammar School boarding house. The Tech. school needed the beds for tech. girls, so we then went to The White House in Wellington Place in Sandgate, now demolished and was closed down in a hurry as we were studying for our O levels. The 8 boarders were then moved to Clewer House in Coolinge Lane, where I finished my schooling.

As sixth formers we were allowed to go into some of the coffee bars in town. One was Morrelli’s, the other we frequented was The Acropolis in The Old High Street. The latter was run by a Greek family and a number of Greek students who were learning English at a local college used to go there and play backgammon or tavli as they called it.

I wondered whatever happened to The Acropolis and when it was closed? I do recall that one of the sons (was he called Archie or Andy?) used to drive a white E-type jaguar, which was very impressive back then. Does anyone else recall these details at all?

Paul Seward Tuesday, 26 July 2016 12:01
I remember those times well, Sue. Mr. & Mrs. Sambucci and their son Tony at Morelli's Sadly Mrs. S. died just a few weeks ago. Slightly surprised that you were allowed to frequent the Acropolis but maybe you did not go up to the first floor! Seemed to be a very dark disco up there where local lads such as the Brunts, Shrubsole et al would take the Swedish girls who came over to learn English. Archie had the E-Type, not sure what, if any, wheels his brother Andy had. Once we were old enough, we graduated to the Lion in the Bayle but still used to call in after closing time to see Archie's father, George, who made a mean salad roll and was a very understanding host. Happy days!
77) christine smith  Female
Location:
spain
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Monday, 25 July 2016 05:45 Write a comment

Hello Mark, glad to hear from you again. I did leave you a reply somewhere but not being an expert at this type of communication it got lost and I saw later that you thought I hadnīt posted again.... I see you have investigated this and probably a lot of other cases. Isee you have been to her grave in Horn Street. I canīt imagine the state it must be in. Mum and I used to go regularlyl when I was a young girl. Mum had grown up in Somerset Road and as a single girl was known as Kathy Hood. Her father had trained the Folkestone F.C at some time and was known as Sammy. Before the accident they has been evacuees with family in Gloucester. They hadnīt been back long lbefore it happened. Thanks for giving your time. Look forward to lfurther postings and hopefully Janine witll have first hadn information for us....
76) christine smith  Female
Location:
spain
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Monday, 18 July 2016 15:00 Write a comment

hello Christine,

Have just seen a very interesting message from Janine and also Mark but allthough I wrote a reply commenting on the fatal accident involving my half sister I see that it hasnīt been published although I thought I had filled in the message reply box correctly. Janine is the niece of two of the victims of the hand grenade and I would love to make a connection with her. Can you help?

Christine Smith Monday, 18 July 2016 15:14
Hello Janine, I ansered your post but it must have got lost as it didnt come up. Hopefully this will come up and you will see it. I have always wanted to know more about what happened that fateful day and it is only recently I was able to read a press cutting reporting the inquest and learnt more details. Patsy the little girl was my half sister and had just had her 5th birthday a couple of months before. She also had a twin brother. Their father had been killed in Egypt two years before......Are you auntie and uncle still alive? I would like to hear all they ever told you about that fateful day. Thanks a lot for your post..

Mark Hourahane Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:45
Hi Christine,

Nice to see you back on the site - we thought we'd lost you with the unfortunate situation on the old guestbook! I know you had requested to be put in touch with me last year - sadly I was abroad and the message got lost amongst a lot of junk mail - sorry about that!

If you send Christine an e-mail (her address is on the main home page at the bottom), I'm sure she has Janine's e-mail address and can put you in touch.

If you ask her to put us in contact, too, I located Patsy's grave and would love to talk to you further about that.
75) Janine  Female
Location:
Dorking Surrey
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Thursday, 7 July 2016 16:27 Write a comment

I discovered your site by sheer luck, I was searching for an incident in Cheriton in which my uncle, my auntie and an unknown little girl found and played with an unexploded bomb during WW2. I think it would have happen in Somerset Road. Sadly I understand the little girl was killed and my auntie had serious injuries. My uncle was luckier and was ok. My mother, a Kirkham, was born in 1920 in the hospital on Military Hill growing up in Cheriton, the family moving from Stanley Rd to Somerset Rd to Ashley Ave. She was one of eight children. My parents met when my father was stationed at Shorncliffe in 1938. My grandmother finally settled in Cheriton High Street, a few doors up from a little food shop run by sisters, known I think as Spelzines. It was by the pedestrian bridge over the railway. Cheriton was my second home and I have so many happy memories of spending time with my Nana. Going shopping with her being just one...... now who remembers the massive bunch of bananas that hung in the greengrocers near the junction with Risborough Ln. Happy days.

Mark Hourahane Monday, 18 July 2016 08:50
Hi Janine,

I have information and articles on this incident as the little girl's step-sister has been on this very board asking! Sadly, we haven't been able to get in contact with her as yet.

The boy who had the mortar, David Wise, lost a foot. Kathleen Patricia Donoghue died. It did not happen in Somerset Road - Kathleen lived there but went to play in Ashley Avenue.

If you would like to get in touch with Christine (her e-mail is on the homepage), she can put us in touch.
74) Penny Ansell  Female
Location:
Yorkshire
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 06:14 Write a comment

Does any one remember the Brevit/Brevet Club ?

P{aul Seward Sunday, 29 May 2016 15:23
In the basement of the Folkestone Hotel on the corner of Bouverie Road/Castle Hill Avenue. Never patronised it myself as I thought it was for seasoned drinkers. Tell me I'm wrong!

penny ansell Tuesday, 31 May 2016 09:03
My friends Mum and Dad owned it and we used it as a meeting place I don't remember seeing any seasoned drinkers though

penny ansell Tuesday, 31 May 2016 09:03
My friends Mum and Dad owned it and we used it as a meeting place I don't remember seeing any seasoned drinkers though

Patrick O'Connor (Paddy) Tuesday, 21 February 2017 07:43
When I used the Brevet club in the 1960s, it was owned/run by Bob Lilley who'd been the second RSM of the Special Air Service Regiment (SAS). He'd been with the original 'L' troop under David Stirling when it was formed in 1941 and only when really pushed, would describe his wartime experiences.

Penny Ansell Wednesday, 22 February 2017 09:22
I am trying to find Janice Lilley, His daughter. She married a chap from Switzerland I think but can't remember his surname , Any idea.
73) penny ansell  Female
Location:
Yorkshire
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Wednesday, 25 May 2016 03:15 Write a comment

Does any one know the where abouts of Jerry Rocket. His dad and Mum ran the indoor swimming pool. We were teenagers together.
He had a lambretta and we went all over on it.
Love this sight, so much info THANKYOU
72) Barry Taylor  Male
Location:
Whangamata, New Zealand
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 16:38 Write a comment

Kiaora
Have just found your brilliant website while digging around finding what I could about the Imperial Off Licence in Ashley Avenue which in the 1950s and very early 60s was run by my grandfather, Percy Taylor.
I was born and brought up in Downs Road, attended Mundella, then St. Eanswythes under Mr Williams I think, then Harvey. Emigrated to NZ after Uni.
How the place has changed in a mere 60 years! Looking back I think us kids of that generation were very lucky with the environment we had - the hills, the seafronts - how terrible the old front under the Leas looked the last time I was back- the sprung floor in the Leas Cliff Hall where you shoot people in the air with a bit of cooperation!
Will be making the last return this year- it's a long way!

penny ansell Wednesday, 25 May 2016 03:08
Hi Barry, Yes we were very lucky to grow up in Folkestone. I lived in Dover Road until I got married in 1971. I love to go back. Enjoy your forth coming trip

Jan Pedersen Thursday, 21 July 2016 06:51
Hi, Barry,

You may find the bits on my blog interesting

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