Speaker: Smith, Neville, 1912 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Hosiery worker
Speaker: Hooley, T, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Describes father's work as 'getter' at granite quarry in Stoney Cove, Leicestershire. Mentions attending village school, leaving for hosiery job in Hinckley in 1926. Talks about playing football for Hinckley and for Tamworth, making decision to stay amateur, running cricket and football teams at work, avoiding smoking & drinking, staying fit. Describes work, knitting machines, hosiery industry in Hinckley, links with Italy. Mentions coping with shortages during World War II (WWII), employing women, anecdotes about bombs falling locally, describes being in Sapcote Home Guard. Describes changes in use of allotments over past 50 years, mentions changes in village, describes process of getting home built. Talks about parish council and its work, mentions playing fields, cemetery, allotments, current issues in village. Talks about managing people at work, more on industry in Hinckley, going to Italy to buy machinery, closure of firm. Reflects on sporting activities being bound up with church, decline in chapel attendance, attending dances.
Place of birth: Sapcote
Education: Sapcote village school
Marital Status: Married, Children: Daughters: 2
Father's Occupation: Quarryman
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Sapcote, Hinckley
Periods Covered: 1910s,1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 10/4/2003
Playing time: 2 hrs
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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