Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Holmes, Barry Malcolm, 1933 - , Interviewee, Male, Café owner
Speaker: Mitchell, T, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Describes grandfather starting café in Leicester Market in 1900, coke fires, horse delivery, food. Names Market characters such as Paddy Rogers. Mentions effects of Second World War on supplies, having good relations with neighbouring cafes. Names local pubs. Mentions visits from Theatre Royal actors, dancing at Oriental Café, Gerry Dorsey [Engelbert Humperdinck], different Market roofs, pickpockets, hours. Describes family transport from horse to lorry. Mentions pantomime at Opera House, Olleranshaws oyster bar, Mikado Café.
Place of birth: Leicester
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Café owner
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
Recording Date: 5/5/1987
Playing time: 36 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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