Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Sparrow, Margaret, 1933 - , Interviewee, Female, Tailoring; Live in child nanny;
Speaker: Carswell, J., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls childhood in Stanton under Bardon. Describes visiting the local cinemas , 'The Rex' and 'The Regal' as a child every week and the children's films seen. Also recalls a story about how film reels were exchanged during the blackouts of the Second World War. Describes holiday in Cleethorpes (Lincolnshire) and the house they stayed in when the Second World War broke out. Mentions schooldays and the effect of the war on her education, lessons neglected in favour of war effort. Describes health visits by School dentist and nurse and treatment for head lice or 'nits'. Describes the effects of the Second World War at the holiday resort of Cleethorpes, evacuees coming to the village prisoners of war (POWs), identity cards and fights between local lads and airmen over girls. Also recalls village fairs and an annual parade organised by the British Legion. Describes training in tailoring at village shop, work in a factory and as a live in nanny, before returning to tailoring.
Place of birth: Coalville, Leicestershire
Education: Stanton village school; South Charnwood school (until age 15)
Marital Status: Widowed, Children: Son: 1 daughters: 2
Father's Occupation: Quarryman
Mother's Occupation: Hosiery
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Stanton
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 29/1/1991
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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