Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Neighbours Take Good Care of Me

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Neighbours Take Good Care of Me

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Byline: By Hannah Davies

Community spirit is alive and kicking in a North East street.

Showing the region is still one of the best places to live, a small community in Throckley, Newcastle, are working hard to take care of each other.

Ross Hall, an exiled Tyneside man, was worried when his widower father decided to move back up to the North East a couple of years ago.

But after his dad Harry, 86, a retired engineer, settled in, all of his doubts were quashed.

He said: "We would like to say thank you publicly and just let people know good still exists but often goes unnoticed."

Speaking about his father's neighbours in Holeyn Road, Ross said: "I couldn't have asked for him to move to a better place. All of his neighbours are marvellous. It gives you real hope for the human race.

"My dad has been in ill health recently but all of the people nearby are fantastic. They give me real peace of mind.

"They do housework, assist him in the bath, look after his house if he's away, visit him when he's in hospital, ring us to keep us up-to-date on his health, check his curtains when he's away, pop in for a chat, take him shopping and even cook for him.

"One of the things he enjoys most is the children coming to visit him.

"My dad is a wonderful man and he will also help his neighbours in any way he ca, but nevertheless they go over and above neighbourliness and I don't know what we would do without them."

Harry was born in Lemington, Newcastle, and started work at the Vickers Factory as an engineer.

He specialised in glass and moved all over Britain and the world, including a stint managing a glass factory in Khartoum, Sudan, Africa.

But he decided to move back from North Yorkshire to the North East , which he regards as home and where he has spent some of his happiest times, after the death of his wife in 1988. …

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