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Lord above - it’s John Prescott in our back yard

Lord Prescott takes a seat on the bench he has donated to residents on Ellis street in Brinsworth, where he lived until he was 10.

Lord Prescott takes a seat on the bench he has donated to residents on Ellis street in Brinsworth, where he lived until he was 10.

Lord above - Brinsworth residents got a shock when they realised there was a stranger in the alley behind their homes.

Fearing a would-be burglar, they rushed to investigate only to discover it was former Labour Deputy Prime Minister, Lord John Prescott.

The former ship’s steward who was was MP for Hull and presented as Labour’s political link to the working class was only taking a trip down Memory Lane.

He moved to Rotherham as an infant and lived at 10 Ellis Street until he was 10 - and on a visit to South Yorkshire had taken a chance to go back to see the street where he grew up.

Word soon spread among neighbours who was in their back alley and dismay was voiced at the state of the area.

Lord Prescott pledged to come back, but some thought it was just politician’s hot air.

But back he came last week, armed with weed killer - and a wooden ‘love-seat’ as a gift.

“We knew he had grown up in Ellis Street and he has been back a couple of times over the years. He obviously feels a strong bond with Brinsworth. It was great that he wanted to help us spruce the alleyway up,” said David Mitchell, who lives on Duncan Street, which shares the Ellis Street alley.

“He set to work spraying the weeds, had a game of football with the kids and presented us with the seat so that neighbour had somewhere to sit and chat. We were amazed that someone as busy as him made the time for us.

“He promised to get in touch with the council-run Streetpride to come and pick up all the litter too.”

Lord Prescott told The Star: “I have a great fondness for Brinsworth; it made me who I am. My dad was a railwayman at Masborough Station when I was young and our terraced house on Ellis Street holds very happy memories.

“When I went back recently, the alleyway I used to play in looked a real mess and I was very happy to go get stuck in to tidy it up. I bought the bench for people to share and I hope they enjoy it.”

 

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