The Express & Star recently carried a feature about George Foster’s new book about people living on the city’s Scotlands estate when he was a student at the polytechnic in 1973.
George took a number of atmospheric shots of people on the estate, who he described as the Forgotten People because of the poor housing conditions they lived in.
Among them was Joanne Smith, who featured in two pictures in George’s book.
One of them shows her sitting with her brother Malcolm on a settee outside a house on the estate. The other shows Joanne and Malcolm, who was three at the time, with their father Henry talking to friend Peter Sheard, who also recognised himself in the photograph. Joanne also recognised the picture of a First World War soldier proudly holding a picture of his regiment as her great uncle Joseph, who lived on the estate with his son James.
“I remember the picture on the settee being taken,” says Joanne, who is now 49 and lives in Boscobel Crescent, near Molineux.
While there wasn’t much money to go around, Joanne remembers the estate as being a happy place to grow up, adding: “You would go to your next-door neighbour’s all the time, it was just a friendly place. When I was a bit older I would go out with my brothers, but we were told we could only go so far. We always used to be playing out in the street.”
She remembers how her father Henry, who would have been in his early 30s at the time of the picture, would be involved in organising street parties on the estate. He worked as a polisher, but died in 1992 at the age of 51.
Peter Sheard, who was 17 at the time the picture was taken, also recalls the estate as being a friendly place to grow up. He reckons the photograph was taken outside his family’s house in Keats Road.
He said he had fond memories of social worker Stuart Petrie, who lived next-door to them on the estate for a while.