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297, WF/004/H08
Westfield Collection

Speaker: Perigo, Edna, 1917 - , Interviewee, Female, Sweet factory worker
Speaker: Cox, Philip, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls early life in Wales as a child and the hardship the family experienced. Talks about her father and mother, food she ate, school discipline and playing games. Recalls starting work in a sweet factory and meeting her husband. Explains why she and her husband moved to Hinckley in 1939 looking for work. Describes husband working at Burgess Products until he opened a general shop in Trinity Lane. Mentions sending children to private school, the holidays they took, and daughter's move to Canada. Describes the effects of the Second World War, sound of planes, air raids, shelters, food shortages and giving birth during the bombing of Coventry. Recalls having pneumonia as a child. Mentions how some people got extra goods during the war, and how the wedding of Princess Elizabeth in 1947 lifted people's spirits.
Place of birth: Wales
Education: until 14 years of age
Marital Status: Married, Children: daughters: 2
Father's Occupation: Seaman
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Hinckley
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 3/2/1994
Playing time: 31 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: HOHP
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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