Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Morgan, Stanley Alfred, 1905 - , Interviewee, Male, Fitting cutter, painter
Speaker: Carswell, J, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Outlines father's work career, starting with using jockey scales to weigh people at fairs, family life, subjects learned at Syston Street School, Leicester. Talks about work after school, mentioning various depots for local carriers, leaving Palfreyman's due to an order for boots which wouldn't sell, going on dole, means test. Recalls joining Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) at Russell's, trying to get a closed shop, strike over pay rates, Mr Toon being a good union representative. Remembers Sunday School treats when a child. Describes aunt who had gingerbread stall at Ross's Walk fair, her cluttered house, her lifestyle. Talks about fair families Stokes, Corals. Aunt Stokes reputed to be wealthy. Mentions various attractions at fairs, such as boxing booths, Wall of Death. Lists city centre pubs used by fair people. Brief anecdote about going to Skegness, Lincolnshire, on bike.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Syston Street School
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Fair worker, leather factor, publican
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s
Recording Date: 4/8/1987
Playing time: 50 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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