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1134, LO/481/431
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Roberts, Queenie Hilda, 1921 - , Interviewee, Female, Hosiery worker
Speaker: Money, A, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Outlines family background. Talks about working for Wolsey hosiery, Leicester, wages, work. Mentions having evening job at Trocadero cinema. Explains how started in munitions by mistake at Mellor Bromleys during Second World War (WW2); mentions machinery, long hours, music while working, forming music group with co-workers, Spitfire crashing locally, the night war ended. Describes help from neighbours and organisations with bringing up siblings alone, family living together when got married. Sketches a night out during WW2, recalls black Amercian soldier being stabbed. Recalls first radio, buying furniture with husband's demobilisation money. States violence in Leicester confined to dance halls. Recalls Wolsey helping workers, doing piece work there.
Place of birth: Leicester
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Coal deliveryman
Mother's Occupation: Nurse, cleaner
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 24/6/1988
Playing time: 51 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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