Leicester Oral History Archive Collection
Speaker: Cockain, Beatrice Evelyn, 1916 - , Interviewee, Female, Hosiery worker, clerk
Speaker: Kirrane, S, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Talks about working as runabout at Wolsey hosiery, Leicester. Mentions Bedeaux strike, pay, short time in 1936, modelling nightdresses. Very brief mention of royal visit. Describes work as Marks & Spencer's. Mentions being single, joining Spinster's Union at Wolsey. Outline of work at Standard Telephone and cables during Second World War, managing cake shop for Mallows, helping husband's printing business, becoming manageress at Winn's Sunset Café. Brief mention of being home help to women with new babies, courting husband.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Harrison Road School, Ellis Avenue School
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Father's Occupation: Constructional engineer
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 14/9/1988
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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