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1136, LO/483/433
Leicester Oral History Archive Collection

Speaker: Skillington, Malcolm Geoffrey, 1911 - , Interviewee, Male, Hosiery worker
Speaker: Money, A, Interviewer, Male

Summary of interview item: Recalls wanting to be journalist, winning writing competition at school. Describes first day at Wolsey hosiery, Leicester, work, pay, wearing shorts on first day causing amusement. Brief mention of General Strike [1926], introduction of unpopular Bedeaux time and motion system, different jobs done by men and women, sports facilities. Mentions promotion to Yarn Buyer, Wolsey being good employers. Briefly lists places visited socially. Talks about starting singing career, audition with British Broadcasting Company (BBC). Mentions Royal visit to Wolsey, making air raid shelter in Wolsey cellar, war work, fire-watching, moving statue of Cardinal Wolsey. Very brief memory of zeppelin, bonfire on Victoria Park at end of First World War, brief mention of Wolsey trips to seaside.
Place of birth: Market Overton, Rutland
Education: Medway Street School
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Warehouseman
Mother's Occupation:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Language: English

Recording Date: 30/6/1988
Playing time: 43 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Summary: Yes
Transcription: No
Copies: yes
Cross Reference:

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