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BBC Leicester's The Street brings you real-life stories

Newfoundpool's street party for the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977

Find out about the residents who feature in BBC Leicester's series 'The Street'.

Tony Wadsworth has 'adopted' Hawthorne Street in the Newfoundpool area of Leicester - where he grew up, to take a closer look at the lives behind closed doors and the community that is shared.

The Street introduces characters including Dipak Patel - owner of the local convenience store, Mike Haywood - who lives at the 'House of Elvis' and Louise and Paddy Thompson - who have had a child through IVF.

In 1977 the residents of Newfoundpool enjoyed a street party to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee.

Thanks to the support from BBC Leicester, the residents of Hawthorne Street throw another party - 2010 style.

Take a look at - In Pictures: Hawthorne Street Party

Herbert 'Blondie' Hookway

Number 77 - Blondie

Herbert Hookway lives at number 77 Hawthorne Street in Leicester.

Herbert, or Blondie as he is fondly called, has lived on the street for 53 years.

Sarah Bedford

No. 3 - Sarah Bedford

Young mother, Sarah Bedford, lives at number 3 Hawthorne Street in Leicester.

Sarah is 20 years-old and lives with her three year-old daughter Lily-May.

Katie Thomas

Number 72 - Katie Thomas

Mother of two, Katie Thomas, lives at number 72 Hawthorne Street in Leicester.

Katie has lived on the street for 17 years.

Newfoundpool WMC

WMC - Bill Wheelband

Bill Wheelband runs the Newfoundpool Working Mens club near Hawthorne Street in Leicester.

The WMC on Beatrice Road is the social focal point for the area as many of the residents socialise at the club.

Dips' convenience store

Dipak Patel owns the local convenience store close to Hawthorne Street

Dipak Patel, who likes to be called Dips, owns the local shop on Beatrice Road near Hawthorne Street in Leicester.

Thirty-nine year-old Dips lives above his store with his family and loves living and working in the Newfoundpool area.

Digger & Company

Digger Dyer

Digger & Company Men's Hairstylists is the local barber shop where some of the men living on Hawthorne Street have their hair cut.

Digger Dyer runs the business on Beatrice Road with his brother Tony.

Jason & Julie Thompson

Julie and Jason Thompson

Husband and wife, Jason and Julie, have lived on Hawthorne Street for four years.

The couple believe it was love at first sight.

Michael (Mike) Haywood

No. 40 - Michael (Mike) Haywood

Michael likes to be called Mike and has lived at 40 Hawthorne Street, the 'House of Elvis', since 1969.

Mike is 62 years-old and lives with his dog Rosie.

Mark Gibson

No. 62 - Mark Gibson

Forty-one year-old Mark has lived at 62 Hawthorne Street for eight years.

When Mark is not working as a Service Engineer he enjoys carp fishing around Leicestershire.

Dorothy Merry

No. 68 - Dorothy Merry

Dorothy, who is 86 years-old, moved to 68 Hawthorne Street in 1946.

Dorothy believes there has been up to 12 people living in the house at the same time.

Mark, Lisa & June

No. 75 - Lisa Pedn, Mark & June

Lisa Peden is 39 years-old and has been living at 75 Hawthorne Street for three years with her partner Mark and his mum June.

Lisa and Mark met through an online dating agency and have now been together for four years.

Gareth Hussy & Catherine Swaine

Number 82 - Catherine Swaine & Gareth Hussy

Partners Gareth and Catherine share an interest in cooking and work at the same Leicester school.

Twenty-six year-old Catherine has lived at 82 Hawthorne Street for three years.

Marshmo (Martin) Druski

No. 84 - Marshmo Druski

Martin moved from Poland to Leicester in October 2009.

The talented air brush artist lives at 84 Hawthorne Street.

Paddy & Louise Thompson

No. 86 - Louise, Paddy and Georgia Thompson

Husband and wife, Paddy and Louise have a young daughter - one year-old baby Georgia.

The couple have always lived in the Newfoundpool area, but have lived at number 86 for 15 years.

Geoff & Carol Connolly

No. 88 - Mr and Mrs Connelly

The Connollys, who are both 63 years-old, have been living at 88 Hawthorne Street for 44 years.

The couple moved to the house because Carols's sister, Pat, lived next door at number 86, but she has since moved to Austrailia.

Elaine Swann

No. 90 - Elaine Swann

Fifty-seven year-old Elaine has lived at 90 Hawthorne Street all her life and has a lot of family history on the street.

She loves working at the local pharmacy, where she has been for the last 23 years.

Christine & Marie Harman & Olive Ellis

No.99 - Christine and her mum Olive

Christine is a 66 year-old widow and lives with her daughter Marie at 99 Hawthorne Street.

Christine was only 15 years-old when she first met her late husband John. Her mum, Olive, also lives in the Newfoundpool area.

Find out more about the residents of Hawthorne Street in Leicester on Tony Wadsworth's show on BBC Radio Leicester (104.9FM, Dab and Online) between 09:00-12:00, Monday to Friday.


Louise Thompson with baby Georgia. The Street's real-life stories
Residents from BBC Leicester's 'adopted' street, Hawthorne St, share their real-life stories
Number 77 - Blondie Bert 'Blondie' Hookway
Seventy-four year-old Blondie lives at number 77 Hawthorne St
No. 3 - Sarah Bedford Sarah Bedford
Young mother, Sarah, lives at number 3 Hawthorne Street
Number 72 - Katie Thomas Katie Thomas
Mother of two, Katie, lives at number 72 Hawthorne St
WMC - Bill Wheelband Newfoundpool WMC
Hawthorne St residents socialise at the club run by Bill Wheelband
Dipak Patel owns the local convenience store close to Hawthorne Street Dipak Patel's (Dips) shop
Dips owns Hawthorne Street's local convenience store
Digger Dyer Digger & Company
Hawthorne Street's local barber shop is run by Digger Dyer
Julie and Jason Thompson Jason & Julie Thompson
Jason and Julie believe it was love at first sight
No. 40 - Michael Haywood Michael (Mike) Haywood
Mike lives at 40 Hawthorne Street - the 'House of Elvis'
No. 62 - Mark Gibson Mark Gibson
Mark has lived at 62 Hawthorne Street for eight years
Number 68 - Dorothy Merry Dorothy Merry
Twelve people have lived at 68 Hawthorne Street at one time
No. 75 - Lisa Peden, Mark & June Lisa Peden, Mark & June
Mark, Lisa and June live at 75 Hawthorne Street
Number 82 - Catherine Swaine & Gareth Hussy Gareth & Catherine
Gareth Hussy & Catherine Swaine live at 82 Hawthorne St
No. 84 - Marshmo Druski Marshmo (Martin) Druski
Martin, who lives at no.84, is a talented air brush artist
No. 86 - Louise and Georgia Thompson Paddy & Louise Thompson
The couple have lived at 86 Hawthorne Street for 15 years
No. 88 - Mr and Mrs Connelly Geoff & Carol Connolly
The Connellys have been living at 88 Hawthorne St for 44 years
Elaine Swann has lived on Hawthorne Street in Newfoundpool all her life Elaine Swann
Elaine has lived at 90 Hawthorne Street all her life
No. 99 - Christine Harman Christine, Marie & Olive
Christine & Marie Harman live at no.99 and Olive lives in the area
Street Party Celebrations Hawthorne's Street Party
Residents throw a party to bring the community spirit back


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