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495, CH/016/0133
Community History Collection

Speaker: White, Ernie, 1920 - , Interviewee, Male, Grocer, Salesman
Speaker: , Interviewer,

Summary of interview item: Discusses history of Pearly Kings and Queens, origins, activities. Recalls Pearly activities in Leicester, collections, mentions Radio Leicester involvement. Memories of Wharf Street, details of father's shop in Brook Street. Recalls customers. Describes first two jobs. Brief mention of Spanish Civil War, 1936, and rantings of Hitler seeming long way away. Social life of shop, details of job, products, gossip. Speaks of death, illness, TB. Characters "Billy Friswell"," the Colonel". Recalls outbreak of WW2, community spirit, anecdote about trams. Mentions street party, 1935, recalls Larry Gaines (black boxer), Indian suitcase traders. Mentions Ipswich refugees, daughter collecting for Spitfires.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: St Leonards School; Slater Street; Milton Street; Ellis Avenue Intermediate
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Shopkeeper
Mother's Occupation: Overlocker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: Before1889,1900s,1910s,1930s
Language: English

Recording Date:
Playing time: 40mins
Access Restrictions: No consent form Item Copyright: CHLCL
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
Cross Reference: Photographs

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