Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Whittington, Percy, 1900 - , Interviewee, Male,
Speaker: Bilton, A, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Outlines family background, upbringing, in Sileby, Leicestershire. Mentions periods of unemployment leading to job with Newbold and Burtons, offspring of local firm Excelsior. Describes how he became shop steward, how he agreed prices for the clickers. Mentions trade union conference in London, 1940. Recalls there being six factories in Sileby, names people involved with them. Describes incident of making a clicking room a closed shop, conditions of holding a strike. Talks about hand lasters forming Maiden Shoe Factory in Syston. Mentions fine weather on 1945 General Election day, being told that officers in armed forces told their men to vote Labour.
Place of birth: Sileby
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Brickyard worker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Sileby
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s
Recording Date: 28/7/1987
Playing time: 23 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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