Steve Bush, one of eight siblings who lived at 387 Wordsworth Avenue on the sprawling Parson Cross estate, lifts the lid on life growing up in 1960s.
Gee’or Ruwerin actually started out a few years earlier as a online blog of the same name. When its following grew into the hundreds Steve realised there might the demand to go one better and this is the result.
He said: “I don’t think there could have been a better or more exciting time to be growing up in Sheffield than 1960s Parson Cross. The post-war austerity years were fading and the paranoia about kids being left to play out on their own was decades away.
“When I tell my grandkids we’d leave the house at nine in the morning and not return until teatime, in the school holidays, with my mother having no idea where we’d been in between times, they look on in disbelief!”
The amusing book, unashamedly written in Sheffield dialect and packed with rare photos, talks about everything from popular Saturday morning visits to the Ritz Cinema in Parson Cross to ‘wagging it’ from school and spending the afternoon in Redgates toyshop in the city centre.
“It has been great fun to write and a joy to revisit experiences with childhood friends, like the craze of ‘cycle speedway’ that swept the city and watching West Germany play Switzerland at Hillsborough in the 1966 World Cup tournament”, Steve added.
Steve Bush has also become the resident Parson Cross ‘expert’ on popular local website' the Sheffield Forum', provided the area with its own dedicated Wikipedia page and spent hours reading up on the history of the area.