|Neo Byzantine - is this the most ghasrly style of architecture ever?|
|WW1 artefacts outside Notre Dame de Brebières|
|Re-built in a contemporary Art Deco style|
|Interesting 1920s decorative detail|
|We were unsure what the hall was behind the tourist office - a gymnasium perhaps?|
|Again, interesting Art Deco motifs, including, poignantly, stained glass poppies.|
Sadly the redevelopment did not stretch to the monstrous church which was restored to all its pre-war ghastliness complete with gold topped belfry. In a way, like much of the area, Albert suffers from its association with the catastrophe of the Battle of the Somme which overshadows the subsequent story of renewal. For example from the 1930s onwards the town has had a thriving aviation industry. Through merger by the 1970s this had developed as the basis of Aero Spatiale, which then became a subsidiary of Airbus.
|A publicity shot of the interior Aero STELIA's factory in Albert|