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307, WF/014/H14
Westfield Collection

Speaker: Clarke, Derek, 1924 - , Interviewee, Male, Postman; Boot and shoe worker; Army service;
Speaker: Hyde, Colin, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls his early family life in Hinckley. Describes house in Mill View, Hinckley, where he grew up. Mentions the schools he went to and starting work in the boot and shoe trade at Harraps, followed by a factory in Wood Street before getting a job at the Post Office. Worked for the Post Office until retirement after eventually delivering on a rural route, apart from army service during the Second World War. Describes the area he grew up in around Derby Road, Charles Street, his father's work for the Co-op and how Hinckley's conurbation has expanded over the years. Describes different areas in Hinckley, such as Brookside and Westfields Road, the town centre and the cinemas. Also talks about what roads used to be fields and The Flower estate in Burbage having been a rose garden. Mentions playing in the fields, his father's allotment on Leicester Road, fruit picking and being in the choir. Describes the location of shops and a garage. Talks about the many different kinds of factories in Hinckley. Mentions various people in Hinckley and what they did. Describes the buildings and flooding of the town centre. Talks about the cinema and public houses in Hinckley and going for walks. Talks about his own children.
Place of birth: Hinckley, Leicestershire
Education: Council school, Hollies Walk; Church school, Station Street; Westfields school,
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Baker
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Hinckley
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Language: English

Recording Date: 7/6/1994
Playing time: 1 hr 21 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: HOHP
Summary: Yes
Transcription: Yes
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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