We topped off our '100 years of council housing' celebrations this week, with a special event in the Mayor's Parlour.

The event, which took place on Monday 25 November, was held for some of our city's oldest residents and was attended by representatives of Wolverhampton Homes and City of Wolverhampton Council.

Those that attended were treated to a reading by Poet Laureate for the City of Wolverhampton, Emma Purshouse. A snippet of her reading can be seen below.

Etta doesn’t know, as she’s stood buying tickets,
about the speech made here a century ago.
Knows nothing of Lloyd George, of his land
fit for heroes, or of slum clearances coming
after war. But she does know that she’s scrimped
(after rent) and saved to treat her family to these seats
for the panto at the Grand.  Knows they’re worth it too,
her kids.  Her kids who’ve let her sofa surf,
sleep in box rooms.  Her kids who’ve doubled up
with squirming, fractious toddlers, without a question
or a frown when things irrevocably broke down.
It’s not just the young whose marriages don’t last.

They were also treated to a special '100 years of council housing' themed cake.

Shaun Aldis, Chief Executive of Wolverhampton Homes said:

It was a great honour to celebrate this milestone with some of our city's oldest residents. It's hard to believe that we have residents today who may have actually watched and listened to Lloyd George's famous speech in Wolverhampton in 1918.

Angela Davies, tenant and Chair of the Board said:

It was a great afternoon. I especially enjoyed listening to Poet Laureate, Emma Pursehouse. Here's to another 100 years of council housing and great housing services.

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