I belong to Burngreave: Nora Awoko

I belong to Burngreave - Nora Awoko

Story by Deborah Blencowe | Photo courtesy of Mrs Awoko

Nora Awoko was born on Alliance Street 1935. Her husband to be, Arthur, originated from Ghana and moved to England in 1950. He worked as a tailor in London for a short while, coming to Sheffield to work in the steel industry.

They met at The Astoria, a dance club above Burton’s Tailors on the corner of Staniforth Road, Attercliffe.

They got married shortly afterwards and continued to live on Alliance Street.

“We are so proud of what our children have achieved. They all did so well at school and have gone on to have successful careers too.

“Josephine went into nursing and worked at the Hallamshire Hospital as a nurse and nursing sister for over forty years. She has just retired. Suzanne started working in Debenhams as a beautician over 30 years ago. She is still in the profession and works at a beauticians in Meadowhall. Julie is also a beautician and works in London.”

Our son, Tony lives in Birmingham and works as a driver for an electrical company.

“Gina started at St Peter’s School, passed her 11+ and went on to King Ecgbert’s. She followed down the health services route as well, and became a lecturer in Gynaecology. Gina emigrated to Canada to continue with her career and worked at Edmonton University. Her own daughter is still in Canada and a lecturer in the same field. Gina has moved back to England now and works at Nottingham University – as a professor of Community Health, a qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor. In 1998 she was awarded an MBE for her services to young people and health promotion.”

“Burngreave gets a lot of criticism, but there is so much positive about the area too, and people from here can go on and do really well. We need to be saying more.”