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1135, LO/482/432
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Taylor, Vera Alice, 1922 - , Interviewee, Female, Hosiery worker, dancing teacher
Speaker: Faragher, V, Interviewer, Female

Summary of interview item: Outlines how preferred dancing to school, not being able to afford to pursue dancing in London, paying for lessons age 14, keeping dancing and hosiery worlds separate. Briefly describes work at HDH Peck, Leicester. Mentions buttoning at Walkers, pay, conditions. Brief mention of starting to teach dancing. Recalls making uniforms heated with wires for air crews during Second World War, rates of pay; making aeroplane units at Gent & Co, night work, good pay. Talks about dancing in concert party, places played, organising dances. Mentions pilfering at factories. States had little choice but factory work - dancing is hard to get into even today.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Medway Street School
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Caretaker
Mother's Occupation: Housewife
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 24/6/1988
Playing time: 43 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
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