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1131, LO/478/428
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Hubbard, Derek William, 1931 - , Interviewee, Male, Hosiery worker
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Talks about working for Glover's hosiery in South Wigston, Leicestershire, the company father worked for. Describes being yarn lad. Mentions day first knitwear machine arrived, singing in factory, different socks manufactured. Oulines changes from being family firm, recent competition from abroad cutting profits, expansion of 'Nippersocks'. Talks about machines such as the XL and Komet. Gives example of Mr Glover taking interest in employees, not discouraging unions. Sketches sock making process, mention of outworking in 1950s; lists men's jobs, women's jobs. Mentions machinery becoming more complicated, Stretton's taking over company, generosity of Mr Glover, Christmas celebrations, safety checks, facilities at work.
Place of birth: South Wigston, Leicestershire
Education: To age 15
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Hosiery worker
Mother's Occupation: Hosiery worker
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: South Wigston, Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Language: English

Recording Date: 20/6/1988
Playing time: 1 hr 4 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference: LO/493/443

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