I was born in Beeston in 1965, my memories of the 70's were good - I remember the army coming to Cross Flatts park for an exhibition-it was spectacular. In the late 80s you could sense a drug/crime atmosphere creeping into the area, started to see strangers wandering about whereas before you seemed to recognise everyone.
People started to sell up and the new people were not usually from the area, before this time, people that sold their homes tended to upgrade to a better house but still stayed in Beston. so by the end of the 80s if you hadn't escaped Beeston you were doomed to stay in an area without any community feel and were trapped with falling house prices.
My ENTIRE family have fled Beeston and it's a shame as it goes back at least six generations. I sometimes pass through to make a sentimental visit and it just depresses me. I actually do have a common nightmare of buying back the family home- it's that bad. Ste Holmes