Neighbours with golden memories

Arnold Avenue. Valerie Hancock with Kathleen Fulbrook and some of the residents of Arnold Avenue. who have lived on the avenue for 50years.
Arnold Avenue. Valerie Hancock with Kathleen Fulbrook and some of the residents of Arnold Avenue. who have lived on the avenue for 50years.

EVERYBODY needs good neighbours – and one Sheffield group of residents needs no telling.

They have stuck together for 50 years, ever since they moved on to the new estate in Gleadless.

Inevitably, numbers of original householders in Arnold Avenue have dropped over the years, but there are still a dozen couples who moved in as newly-weds and have maintained their neighbourliness, some even going on holiday together.

A party was held ten years ago to mark their 40th anniversary and another is being planned to mark their 50th.

Valerie Hancock, aged 72, a former childcare assistant who moved to the road with husband Robin in March 1962, said: “We’re still a friendly road, we’ve been involved with each other’s children and weddings. It is quite an achievement.”

While many families now change homes much more frequently than 50 years ago, the Arnold Avenue residents have found themselves going through life side by side.

Val added: “I think it’s because we all came in together when we were young couples starting our families.

“We all used to see each other at the shops, at church and as our children went to school.

“You just met people, you knew the same people and we went through life together.”