Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Daley, Catherine, 1915 - , Interviewee, , Waitress; Domestic;
Speaker: Kirrane, S., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Recalls decision to leave Montserrat to come to England in 1950s. Briefly describes life in Montserrat, her sisters sending money for her to emigrate, journey to Britain and saving money for her children to join her. Mentions Barbados's relationship to Montserrat. Recalls finding work at Joe Lyons and living in Finsbury Park London. Recalls illness and convalescence before eventually moving to brother in Leicester. Describes work as a domestic in nursing home for the elderly, where she worked until aged 62. Comments on not working with West Indian people and not encountering many West Indian people through church. Recalls moving in with daughter, returning to brother's house and getting a council flat. Comments on the hard life and working on religious holidays in England. Talks about her children arriving, entertainment and eventually getting community centers. Returns to when she left Montserrat and her intention to return after 5 years but would not want to return now. Comments on the lack of industry in the West Indies, not having a garden in England and the different food in England.
Place of birth: Montserrat
Marital Status: Single, Children:
Father's Occupation: Fisherman
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 24/11/1986
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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