Don and Doris Connolly
Doris Connolly was born in Great Yarmouth in 1924, whilst her husband Don, was born in
The couple met as teenage evacuees on the streets of
Having been active in the former Braunstone Frith Tenants' and Residents' Association before moving to Pickwell Close, New Parks, the Connollys were founder members of New Parks Residents' Association. It is no exaggeration that they then dedicated their lives to improving the lives of people on the estate, even though – maybe because – they had eight children.
The couple were instrumental in securing the New Parks Community Centre, in
As committed social campaigners and lifelong members of the Communist Party, the couple received a unique honour by having a street named after them. Connolly Close, off Birkenshaw Road, is named after the couple, and includes eight council houses and two council flats, created as part of the city council's first new-build council house project in decades.
Don was chair of the
Leicester Mercury June 3rd 2011