Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Cunningham, Jean, 1933 - , Interviewee, Female, Co-op Society worker;
Speaker: Peace, S., Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Joint interview with Joyce Meakin recalling evacuation to Ibstock from Perry Bar, Birmingham and living with the Meakin family. Both women recall Jean's evacuation, scarlet fever, and air raids during the Second World War. They discuss being like sisters and the strong contact and enduring friendship they have maintained. Jean recalls feeling like part of the family and being very happy in Ibstock. Jean mentions Perry Barr having many evacuees sent away due to the proximity to bombing targets, ICI chemicals and GEC electrical factories. Both remember the outings and trips the family took. The interviewer recalls his own experiences of evacuees and bombing in the Ibstock area.
Place of birth: Witton, Birmingham
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: General Electric Company
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Ibstock, Perry Bar, Birmingham
Periods Covered: 1940s
Recording Date: 30/4/1990
Playing time: 13 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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