For the last 4 decades, street photographer Chris Porsz has been documenting working class Brits in his hometown of Peterborough as well as other regions of England over the years. Now 30+ years later, Porsz has expended the better part of a decade tracking down beings from his original photos taken in the 70 s and 80 s and recreating the portraits as well as get an updated report on “peoples lives” since.
The result is Reunions , a unique work comprising 135 reunions. The self-proclaimed’ labour of love’ was a huge endeavour that required considerable intention, research and perseverance.
Below you will find a handful of photos from the new work along with blurbs about the person or persons in the photos which were writes to Jo Riley. To order your emulate, click here.
1. Dog And Tina( 1985 And 2015)
Punks Tina Tarr and her collaborator Dog were painted near the Cathedral in Peterborough when Tina was 18. The couple left the city in the 1990 s and departed hurtling. They have twins, but “re no longer” together. Tina now lives in Dorset and becomes willow concoctions and emcees weaving workshops. Pup does hedge laying and gardening and was living in South West Wales. “I recollect the photo being taken, it was a brilliant duration. I had many forms of punk whisker for quite a few years, ” answered Tina. Dog lent: “They were good times, I still had hair then”.
2. Railway Kiss( 1980 And 2009)
Tony Wilmot was snarled telling goodbye to his lover Sally at Peterborough Railway Station in 1980 and a year later they got married. Tony was 22 and working in Essex as a educator and Sally was 21 and based in Stafford as a local government officer. On this occasion they had encountered up in Peterborough and had no idea the photo had been taken. It appeared over 30 year later in a daily newspapers the Peterborough Evening Telegraph and was met by Tony’s father. The pair, who are now both headteachers and live in Lichfield, Staffordshire, have two children Tom and Jenny who are themselves in their twenties.
3. David Harvey And Tim Goodman( 1980 And 2010)
Bridge Street. David Harvey became Chief Superintendent now adjourns. His son is a polouse in London. Tim Goodman has six “childrens and” is a successful businessman.
4. Friends( 1982 And 2011)
Under the Guildhall, Cathedral Square. Penny, three sisters Sarah, Louise, Carole and Juliette. In the reunion photo Alison( last-place on the right) took the place of her sister Juliette who sadly died.
5. Five Boys Running( 1987 And 2016)
Andy, who has been married for 21 times and has a daughter, told:’ I remember playing the arcade recreation Phoenix, which concerned fowls incubating out of eggs.’ Andy went into the Army after leaving institution and drove trucks in the Transport Corps. He left in 1987 and has been working for the Royal Mail in Werrington, near Peterborough, ever since. Richard is now an electrician in Peterborough and is marriage with two sons. He supposed:’ There were only about 70 of us in our school year and we were all really close. They were happy times.’ Tony James labours as a stone cutter and has two children; Aaron works at Ikea and is married with three boys. Devinder moved to Yorkshire in 1986 and is marriage with two young boys and works for the Housing Association. They’ve organised local schools reunion and plan to keep in touch.
6. Sisters( 1980 And 2013)
Left to right, Shehnaz Begum, her twinned sister Rukhsana and their older sister Itrat were recognized sitting in the window of their home on Cromwell Road.’ We often used to perch in the window and watch “whats going on” in the road, ’ enunciated Shehnaz.’ My twinned sister and I were about seven and Itrat was nine. We adored travelling our motorcycles with the other children in the street and were good friends with another set of twinneds. Mum said we were quite a handful’. The three sisters still live in Peterborough and identify one another regularly. Shehnaz, who is divorced, has a daughter and looks after elderly and disabled population, together with her twinned, who is re-married and has five children. Itrat works for the post office and is marriage with six children.
7. Metal Mickey( 1980 And 2016)
Steve Osborn was known as Metal Mickey in the 1980 s as he interrupted both his legs several times in a series of engine biking coincidences and had platefuls and bolts put in them. He mentioned:’ I even carried on going my bike with my leg in a shoot! ’. Steve, who now use walking stick to get around, was living in Spalding, Lincolnshire and is wedded. He had four children, but his son died in 2012. Steve plays the guitar with various bands and has raised more than APS2 0,000 for the National Association of Bikers with a Disability.
8. Jewellery Assistant( 1990 And 2015)
Vicki Gracey( nee Frost) operated as a sales assistant at a jewellery accumulation in Queensgate Shopping Centre for two years. Vicki has since had jobs behind prohibits, in retail, hairdressing and eateries and currently are dealing here with lease sustainability. She still lives in the town and is marriage with two children.’ I’m a people party and I’ve always had activities which commit working with the public, ’ she said.
9. Good Sidekicks( 1980 And 2015)
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10. Double Bubble( 1980 And 2012)
Sisters Anna( left) and Emma Hankins posed for a paint blowing foams with Hubba Bubba bubblegum in Bridge Street. Anna was 11 and Emma was 13 and the girls were waiting for their mum while she was shop. The siblings, who both went on to have jobs in hairdressing, are now married and have families. They still live in Peterborough and consider one another regularly. Anna now works in a pharmacy and Emma works for the Ideal World shopping channel.’ It was hard trying to blow bubbles again after such a very long time and took quite a few tries, ’ supposed Anna.
11. Butcher( 1980 And 2015)
Richard Price started work at the butchers when he left school at 15 and is pictured here selling meat outside the patronize when he was about 17. In 2015. Richard worked at the shop for three years. He still lives in the town and works as an entertainer. The killers browse became a cafe.
12. lan Medler And Peter Yates( 1980 And 2010)
13. Pin Badges( 1970 And 2013)
Punks( r to l) John Church, Gary Beckett, Ade Lawrence and Pippa Hodgson were pictured in Cathedral Square, wearing pin badges. John, who is now a painter and decorator in the city, responded:’ The other boys were school friends and Pippa was a mutual sidekick. We used to hang out together and listen to punk music. I belief I was about 15 and on the brink of becoming a punk.’ John is still friends with Ade and they play in a band together. Gary emigrated to Australia, where he works as research projects director and Pippa now lives in Spain.
14. Gobbling Chips( 1983 And 2016)
School pals Martin Coulson( left) and Andy Randall were ingesting chips bought from the arcade which has now been replaced with Wilkinsons.’ I think it must have been a Saturday and we’d been to the chipping store. The chips were a bit like McDonald’s fries and were always good, ’ mentioned Martin, who was a depot director and is currently re-training. He is wedded with two children. Andy is a telematics operator and is married with three children. He included:’ We were probably going around the toy shops together as we had a Scalextric track’.
15. Ice Cream Seller( 1980 And 2014)
Genesio( Gino) Borrillo bought an ice cream van when he moved to Peterborough from Italy and walked around the city in the summer selling ice cream. Ice cream Seller- Reunion, July 2014. In 1992, GIno set up a pasta shop in the city, which he still runs with his daughter. He is marriage and has three children and four grandchildren.
16. County School Girls( 1979 And 2016)
Sandra Williams, Carmen Chin and Maureen Mayers were friends from County Grammar School but lost contact over the years and the school was converted into sheltered casing in 1985.’ Carmen was my best friend and lived in my road, so we were always together, ’ spoke Sandra, who is now married with four children and a step-daughter and works as air passengers auxiliary for disabled children and in a coffee shop. Carmen, who is married with four children and now lives in Lincolnshire, where she has a small contain read:’ I think we were the first year to go to the grade school after it changed from has become a comprehensive.’ Maureen, who still lives in Peterborough and has four children, had interrupted her fucking arm when the photo was taken and hid it behind her back. She suggested:’ We’d had icing cold weather and we were playing label and I declined over on the ice’.
17. Pink Mohican( 1985 And 2016)
Punk Badger Farcue can still recollect triumphing the Pizza Eating Competition in Cathedral Square. The tournament was organized by Stefan Malajny, who guided the Papa Luigi pizza restaurant. Stefan remarked:’ I recollect Badger managed to eat his pizza in about two minutes, which was very fast.’ Badger was 20 at the time of the contest and toiled as a labourer, building dry stone walls. He told:’ My friends promoted me to enter and we had to try and ingest a 12 -inch cheese and tomato pizza as soon as possible. I won and got a round of applause and front page of the local paper.’ Badger, “whos had” five children, moved to Somerset in 1991 and now tarmacs roads.
18. Tasbir’s First Job( 1982 And 2016)
Tasbir Singh worked on a stalling at world markets for four years after leaving academy. Tasbir’s first responsibility- Reunion, July 2016. He then worked for BT and Royal Mail, where he is today. He still lives in the city and is wedded with three children and four grandchildren. He responded:’ I worked on the stalling from the age of 18 until I was 22. It was hard working in all weather’.
19. Ice Creams( 1981 And 2015)
Donna Yarnell was five years old when she was photographed with her three-year-old friend Steven licking ice creams in their front garden. Her kinfolk moved out of the house two years later it was therefore brought back lots of rememberings when the pair returned to the street in February 2015.’ I was really surprised because the figurehead barrier was exactly the same, ’ suggested Donna, who works in a saloon, still lives in Peterborough and has four daughters. Brother Steven also lives in the town and has a son.