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A Northfleet Facebook group about Perry Street has invited social media lovers to take a nostalgic glimpse into the past

03 March 2014
by Alex Matthews

Terry Lane, 62, from Northfleet, set up a group called Perry Street, Northfleet and it has gathered more than 1,000 followers in little more than a month.

On the page dedicated specifically to Northfleet and Gravesend, people can exchange memories, share photos and catch up with old friends.

Snelling Avenue resident Tony Matthews stands proudly outside his house with his first car in 1977.

Snelling Avenue resident Tony Matthews stands proudly outside his house with his first car in 1977.

The site has been buzzing with activity since Mr Lane started it, with people eager to catch up and take a trip down memory lane.

Photos spanning the decades from as far back as the 1920s are on the page, varying from personal snaps of families together, shops and businesses, football team line-ups and even one of young girls enjoying a VE Day party after the Second World War.

A photo of people enjoying a VE day party at a house in the Crescent, Northfleet.

A photo of people enjoying a VE day party at a house in the Crescent, Northfleet.

Mr Lane, of Beresford Road, Northfleet, said he was thrilled with the response so far.

He said: “I’m amazed by it. I can’t believe so many people are joining.

"One day we had 100 members wanting to join. Obviously people are adding each other but I can’t believe the response.”

Mr Lane grew up in The Crescent, Northfleet and still looks back on his time in the area fondly.

He said: “There’s a lot of people on the group from The Crescent; some of them I can remember some I can’t.

Perry Street FC 1951, Mr Lane's dad, George is the goalkeeper.

Perry Street FC 1951, Mr Lane's dad, George is the goalkeeper.

“I moved out of there when I was five but I’ve always thought of it as my home.

"I lived there and my grandad too and we knew everyone and everyone knew us.

Dene Holm Road in Northfleet is blanketed in snow in 1987.

Dene Holm Road in Northfleet is blanketed in snow in 1987.

“It was close knit – you could go around anyone’s house.

"You can’t stop progress but I quite enjoyed the way it was back then.”

Do you have any memories or old photographs to share?

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