Lillian and John Goldstraw attended the formal opening of the ‘Ordinary People: Extraordinary Lives’ photography exhibition at the Palace of Westminster. Their portrait had been chosen for the exhibition from a national competition.
Hosted by Lady Victoria Borwick, the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) exhibition celebrates the lives of tenants and residents living within social housing. Each person featured within the exhibition makes a really positive and meaningful contribution within their neighbourhoods and communities, and each has an extraordinary story to share.
John and Lillian were chosen to represent Stockport Homes, for their dedication and commitment to generate community spirit. The couple following a recent house move wanted to meet the neighbours and feel part of the community, organised and hosted a garden party to meet everyone.
Sue Roberts MBE, NFA Tenant Board Member said;
We are absolutely delighted to be invited to exhibit our photographs at the Palace of Westminster and share our stories. We know we are not going to be able to change perceptions overnight but we are making a start. Tenants are good, decent people, with hopes and aspirations for themselves and their families. Sharing these stories through photography is the inspiration for this exhibition.
Verity Calderbank, Marketing and Communications Manager at Stockport Homes said,
I have had the pleasure of meeting Lillian and John and they are inspirational – their commitment to community spirit is remarkable and the photograph truly captures their spirit.