From the family album: 1953-June 16-19. walking around Gouda.

MrJoop

Ramsgate, Australia

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Avondvierdaagse Four evenings of walking ten kilometres, around Gouda, with fellow pupils and teachers of the Jan Ligthartschool.
Children walked 10 kilometres, each of the four nights.
Adults walked 40 km.
Below: My father also participating in this event which seemed to bring the whole population of Gouda, out into the streets, on the fourth night, to watch the participants finish this marathon event.
In the case of the children, parents rushed in among the walkers, on that fourth night, to present their children with gifts.
As you can imagine, every year this ritual became more elaborate and the rewards more and more over-the-top_, as parents competed to be seen presenting their children with grander rewards.

My father is walking beside Ome (Uncle) Koos, his brother-in-law (waving).
During World War II, a German soldier, stopped my father, from walking under this railway viaduct to check his (false) papers (False ausweis, supplied by the underground.)
This saved my father’s life. A bomb was dropped, on those railway lines, across the viaduct, beside the station, as my father’s "_*ausweis*
":http://www.german-way.com/ident.html was being checked.
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In 1997, I visited Gouda, for the third time back. Suffered a litlle from jet-lag. Arrived in the morning. Had a sleep and walked into town, towards evening, just as the children were completing yet another *Avondvierdaagse*_.
(It looked more like this year’s
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The town’s band, was a traditional part of the event. So I followed them along the town’s main street (Where we used to go for a Sunday evening stroll, when I was little), into the market square.
It was such a pleasant way to return to my home-town.

My daughter and my son joined me there. They grew up hearing Opa (my father)’s stories so often and now they saw the viaduct/tunnel where the German soldier had stopped my father (And through which he walked in the 4 day walking event).
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There was a class photo and then two individual ones (postcard size) and then little ones, which you could swap with your class mates.
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Sjef Remijer, seems to have a quizzical look on his face, walking behind me.
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Mr Berretty took this photo, in the play ground, on my last day at the Jan Ligthartschool, before migrating to Australia, in April, 1956.
These were my best friends. (Piet, very best friend and Ria, then girlfriend, came to the ship to see us off.) Gijsbert and Carla did not come but then, Piet and Ria had really been very best friends. :)
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My first passport photo and it really was me, the “Director of the Labour Office” in Gouda, authenticated it!
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The street where I grew up

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