Memories of community camaraderie.
LIKE a lot of people, just give me the chance to walk down memory lane and I'll grab it with both hands.
I had, therefore, thought I'd been offered the perfect gift when I read in The Gazette (22.07.15) that Ian Stubbs was giving a talk on Cannon Street Revisited It was heartwarming to see the lecture theatre filled with people as enthusiastic about Cannon Street as I was.
Now, I've known Ian for many years but didn't know that he was born in Bulmer Street (just off Cannon Street). My dad Kenny Graham and his sister Doreen were brought up in Bulmer Street. As the story goes nana and grandad, Lizzie and Billie Graham, moved to Bulmer Street after doing a moonlight flit from Haverton Hil. My childhood was filled with tales of Cannon Street and Bulmer Street. Tales of old Miney Mo and Jack Craster's shop fill my memory bank Sandshoe Sammy.. Marsh Road School fights with the lads from Fox Heads a penny fish and a ha'peth of chips When they pulled Cannon Street down nana and grandad were moved to a lovely house in Skelwith Road, Berwick Hills, complete with bathroom, garden, wash house and toilet.. Grandad loved it but nana would have gone back to Bulmer Street in a second. And this is the reason why... to those people, who cared not a jot for materialism, they had lost the heart, the camaraderie, that the community which was Cannon Street gave them.
A bulldozer destroyed, in days, what generations had taken several lifetimes to build, or so it seemed... and yet, the turnout last Wednesday evening, when Ian presented Cannon Street Revisited, proves that the spirit of that close community lives on.
LESLEY WILLIS, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough Cannon Street Revisited... the Hands on Middlesbrough event included BBC archive footage of |Cannon Street residents during the demolition of their neighbourhood in the 1960s and 1970s