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Cannon Street

“Don’t build factories. This land belongs to us” (Mr Gallagher)

Hands on Middlesbrough have been working with students from Teesside University to raise £300 in just 2 weeks.

They hope to fund digitising BBC archive footage of Cannon Street. Cannon Street was one of Middlesbrough’s strongest communities, stretching from Newport Bridge to Boundary Road. The area was dominated by heavy industry and residents lived in cramped unsanitary conditions. Residents wanted new housing, but they wanted it to be built on Cannon Street, or their homes modernized. Instead they were displaced into housing estates elsewhere.

The interviews with residents from the 1960s and 1970s show how the clearance of Cannon Street and demolition of homes led to opposition within the local community.

The local Priest from the nearby Church of St Columba, talks about the “loneliness” and “boredom” experienced by people unable to adjust to life without their friends and neighbours. He states that “progress has a price” and argues that the residents are “pawns in a game”.

Home is about so much more than bricks and mortar and the archive footage shows how strongly residents felt about losing not just their homes, but their community.

Gone are the days of front doors left open, a shiny front step and kids playing in the street. This is not the Middlesbrough we know today. Yet the Cannon Street film footage is as relevant as it ever was.

Communities may be strong but can be broken as easily as homes are demolished. Buildings are easily built up again, our urban landscape alters over the years and yet community spirit is not so easy to rebuild.

Hands on Middlesbrough and the students working on the Junk to Funk Festival, hope that by raising the money to show this publicly at the end of May.

For more INFO or to DONATE please check out the Junk to Funk website http://junktofunk.co.uk/

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