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Snapshots from the hub of the universe

PUBLISHED: 15:56 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:27 12 August 2010

THE WAY WE WERE: Chislehurst Red Hill about 1960

THE WAY WE WERE: Chislehurst Red Hill about 1960

NOSTALGIC images show how a village has changed in just four decades. The pictures, taken in and around Chislehurst, are of the area

NOSTALGIC images show how a village has changed in just four decades.

The pictures, taken in and around Chislehurst, are of the area during the 1960s. Shop awnings, some of which remain today, emulate the village feel of our greenbelt gem.

Website www.francisfrith.com is now appealing for residents to share their memories of life in one of the prettiest parts of Kent. Messages have already been posted from people who remember Bromley in the 1950s and '60s. Peter Hobden wrote: "In the 1960s, in my late teens, Bromley was the hub of my universe. I played in a local group - Paul and the Playboys (later The Machine - I had a 1958 Ford Poplar with The Machine crudely painted on one door and stripes to match my striped blazer on the other).

"We played regularly at Bromley Tech. Paul Goodman was our drummer - he knew Dave Bowie and Peter Frampton. Peter played with us once or twice - I think he was 13! I miss Bromley - where has all the beauty and charm gone?

"I miss Dunn's furniture store - so ahead of its time; the coffee store with the beans roasting in the shop window; Medhurst's department store; the traditional grocery shops and tea rooms. We used to listen to Ska music at the Penthouse Club behind Bromley South station, and always had a few beers at the Cellar Bar or Bromley Court Hotel. It's funny how a lot of young memories are in black and white, but my memories of Bromley are always in the sun! I wouldn't have missed it for the world."

Members of the public can add information and stories linked to the photographs at the Share Your Memories feature on the website. There are more than 120,000 images available to view online.

Do you have any images of Bromley borough

and its villages?

E-mail kate.mead@archant.co.uk with your memories.

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