Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Squire, Alfred (Tiny), 1913 - , Interviewee, Male, Wheelwright, Boxer
Speaker: Kirrane, S, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Describes mother's outdoor beer licence in Wharf Street area of Leicester. Mentions childhood games. Talks about training at Holly Bush pub, first fight, moving to Friar Tuck pub run by George Biddle. Recalls being an apprentice wheelwright with Leicester Corporation, describes process of making wheels. Remembers men fighting to eat, lack of jobs. Outlines training regime, names other fighters, describes fight with Arch Elmore who was heavier and taller. Compares boxing in 1930s with 1980s, describes a bill at Granby Halls when Leicester was a big town for boxing. Comments that you needed a London Jewish manager to succeed. Recalls boxing in the army, an occasion when he was hit very hard, fairground boxing booth, boxers earning extra money by singing or doing acrobatics after the fight.
Place of birth: Leicester
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Boot & shoe manufacturer
Mother's Occupation: Shop keeper
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s
Recording Date: 10/7/1987
Playing time: 54 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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