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552, EM/016/A
EMOHA Project

Speaker: Howlett, John, 1932 - 0, Interviewee, Male,
Speaker: Brown, C, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Describes childhood game called 'Utchica Bum' (know by many names such as 'Big Horses, Little Horses') in which teams jump on each other's backs in a line. Names playground games such as 'tin-high hockey', mentions playing skittles with incendiary bomb cases during World War II (WWII). Talks about playing in quarries, incident of phosphorus exploding. Recites playground rhymes, one about Hitler from WWII. Talks about local cinema during WWII. Describes various games including conkers, 'Wild Horses'. Names books, comics. Talks about having evacuees during WWII. Mentions use of 'croggies', 'scrogs', during games to opt out. Recalls play in local quarry near Stoney Cove, water from Leicester filling quarry, just avoiding flying stones from blasting. Mention of play outside of school, scrumping in local orchard, Sunday School treats, national weeks to raise money during WWII, officious local Air Raid Precaution (ARP) officer.
Place of birth: Sapcote, Leicestershire
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Hosiery knitter
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Sapcote
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s
Language: English

Recording Date: 19/2/2002
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: Yes
Cross Reference: EM/090/A

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