Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Putting our best foot forward


In the early 1990s, in a previous job, I used to regularly visit a company in Consett and saw the town in its worst light.

At the time it was still reeling from the closure of the steel works and many people had written the town off.

But, thankfully, it refused to die and Consett is slowly undergoing a regeneration that Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association has played a small, but proud, part in with the recent opening of 24 new affordable homes at Shotleyfield View.

In many ways this is a microcosm of the rest of the North East – and reflective of its people.  Gutted in the 1980s and struggling uphill ever since, nevertheless the guts and determination have seen steady improvement.

We were very proud to have Lady Elsie Robson perform the official opening of Shotleyfield View, especially as 11 years earlier her husband, Sir Bobby Robson, opened another one of our  schemes, this time in Durham,

Faced with the adversity of losing her husband well before his time, she hasn’t crumbled, and has shown guts and determination as the figurehead of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Lady Elsie continues to drive forward the legacy of Sir Bobby, showing the very best of what the North East can do.

When I used to moan as a child, my mum would say “Shut up, stop whinging and get on with it!” That’s my summary of the attitude of the people of the North East as a whole.  Handed the short end of the stick, we always dig deep and put our best foot forward.

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