Community of demolished estate back together for Jubilee

Sheila outside The Beehive pub.
Sheila outside The Beehive pub.
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A ONCE-THRIVING community could come alive again to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Despite the Homelands Estate in Houghton being demolished in 2007, many former residents have kept in touch.

Now local author and former estate resident Sheila Quigley, who shot to fame in 2004 when her novel Run For Home was picked up by a major publisher, has enlisted the help of local historian Paul Lanagan to reunite the community for the landmark day.

The idea was posted on social networking website Facebook and has been warmly received.

A meeting will take place at 7.30pm tonight at the Beehive pub in Sedgeletch, to find out whether there is enough interest in the community.

Sheila said: “It was such a shame when they demolished it because it was a real community and you just don’t see that nowadays.”

Paul said: “I spent many years of my young life visiting family who lived at the Homelands Estate.

“It is sad to see it now, with all the houses demolished and grassed over, but that is progress.

“If a jubilee party can be arranged, it would be a good time to see all the familiar faces back together. It will be like a reunion of neighbours.”

Sheila added: “I remember the street parties we’ve had on the Homelands before. I would love nothing more than to still live there.

“I hope we can have a marquee, a bouncy castle for the kids, things like that just to make it a great all round day to get everyone back together.”

The pair hope to see as many former residents at the meeting as possible to discuss the plans.

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