Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Holland, Albert Edward (Jnr), 1946 - , Interviewee, Male, Fair worker
Speaker: Carswell, J, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Mentions being an outsider at schools; explains how fair families are close knit, marry within own community. Talks about children being involved with fairs from early age, marriages, funerals. Explains how Showmans' Guild works. Describes how sites are acquired, difficulties with settling in houses, caravans. Talks about grandfather's cinema, roundabout [The Dragons]. Compares current equipment, conditions, prices, with the past. Explains differences between fair people and casual labour. Mentions meeting wife, number of fairs held annually. Talks about health and saftey.
Place of birth:
Education: St Crispins School, Leicester; Convent School, Long Eaton
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Fair worker
Mother's Occupation: Fair worker
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Recording Date: 13/1/1988
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Cross Reference: LO/448/399
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