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Nostalgia over old fashioned garages on display at Ripley Arts Centre

PUBLISHED: 07:00 18 January 2018

Jubilee garage at East Lyng. Picture: Andrew Parker

Jubilee garage at East Lyng. Picture: Andrew Parker

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An exhibition of photographs documenting the last days of rural filling stations will be shown at the Ripley Arts Centre.

The photographs celebrate the nostalgia of historic garages, with some having stood the test of time despite fierce competition from supermarkets.

The centre, at Sundridge Ave, Bromley, represents amateur arts organisations.

Photographer of the exhibition, Andrew Parker, said: “Small country garages remind me of a time before much of the motorway network was complete, when my father would religiously follow yellow HR (Holiday Route) signs to reach our holiday destination.”

Throughout the 1970s, shopping opportunities were not an expected part of the experience.

With the later expansion of supermarket garage forecourts, small country garages are no longer as significant.

Mr Parker added: “In Britain, we recognise the emblem and appreciate the nostalgia that exists for American gas stations but the British filling station was never such a cherished part of our landscape.”

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