THIS week we’ve been treated to another glimpse of Ashbourne’s past courtesy of another postcard that was kindly dropped off at the News Telegraph office.
Colin Wood, who lives in Doveridge but was born and bred in Ashbourne found this old photograph which shows an old lorry being unloaded.
Look closer and you’ll notice that the image actually depicts a rather sombre occasion, as the item being unloaded is a decorated coffin and the rest of the load on the back of the wagon is dozens of bunches of flowers.
By this point, you may also have realised that this picture was taken at the cemetery in Mayfield Road and, from this view at least, the entrance with its grand gate way looks little different.
The picture is thought to be from the mid-20th Century but the lorry looks to be much older and notably runs on solid tyres.
Mr Wood believes the vehicle is a milk lorry which might suggest that the funeral was from a worker for Nestle, a company that had a huge presence in Ashbourne, particularly near to the cemetery.
The grandness of the funeral, considering the use of a classic lorry and judging by the number of people in the background might suggest it was the funeral of a senior member of the company’s staff.
Is Mr Wood correct with his suspicions that the funeral involves Nestle? Does anyone know any more about the picture?
Memory Lane pictures depicting local scenes, events or people from bygone days are always welcomed and can be scanned in at the News Telegraph office.